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OneBlood is new name of big 3-way blood center merger

OneBlood Inc. is the new name chosen for the completed merger of Florida's three big nonprofit blood centers: Florida Blood Services of St. Petersburg, Florida's Blood Centers of Orlando and Community Blood Centers of Florida in Lauderhill near Fort Lauderdale. Don Doddridge, 64, CEO of Florida Blood Services for the past 10 years, will be OneBlood's new chief executive officer. OneBlood's 12-member board of directors will oversee the nonprofit and a new organizational structure that includes a "virtual headquarters" built around the three "centers of excellence."

Those centers include quality assurance and regulatory and scientific, medical and technical matters based in St. Petersburg; finance, administration and marketing and communications matters in Orlando, and human resources and information technology in Lauderhill. OneBlood will service the Tampa Bay area, south and southeast Florida, the Orlando area and surrounding Central Florida counties, parts of southwest Florida, Pensacola and Tallahassee and some parts of southern Georgia and Alabama. OneBlood currently serves more than 200 hospitals and health facilities.

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