Gulf Coast Regional Blood Centers supplies a full range of transfusable products, including special order components.
As an added convenience, The Blood Center offers online ordering. The system can be accessed if your lab is equipped with internet capability. Utilizing the online ordering system reduces the need for most telephone communication and allows each hospital to receive feedback on the status of their order. The online ordering system also has reporting capability that allows your hospital to monitor ordering patterns and total number of units shipped.
We are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. We hold a license issued by the FDA and are accredited by the AABB under a voluntary inspection program. We also are regulated by various state and local agencies that ensure the purity, potency and safety of the blood supply as well as the quality of many of the services we provide. Self-inspection and strict internal controls enhance this system of quality assurance.
The Blood Center also participates in the AABB’s National Blood Exchange Program. The affiliated blood banks share their inventories to assist each other in times of short supply. This reduces the potential outdating of blood and ensures efficient usage of the available blood supply. Excess blood and components not needed by patients in this region are offered for patients outside of our service area.
The Blood Center is classified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the IRS. It receives no operating funds from any other agency. Income is primarily secured from the service fees charged to hospitals that pass the fees on to patients who are actually transfused. Service fees are based primarily on our cost to recruit, collect, test and ship blood and blood components.
Although The Blood Center is closely aligned with the Harris County Medical Society, this board is separate from the HCMS. Overall, supervision of The Blood Center’s activities is the responsibility of a Chief Executive Officer appointed by the Board of Trustees. Medical supervision and direction for The Blood Center are provided by a Chief Medical Officer also appointed by the Board of Trustees.