South Bay Donor Center Grand Opening Media Kit

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Stanford Blood Center is in the House!

Stanford Blood Center hosted an invitation-only Grand Opening event on January 31, 2019. Local dignitaries, SBC staff and leadership were in attendance, and center tours were offered. For more information on this event, please contact Ross Coyle, Public Relations Officer (, 650-725-3804).

Media Release

Vanessa Merina

Stanford Blood Center Celebrates Grand Opening of New Donor Center in Campbell, CA

STANFORD, Calif. — South Bay community members will be thrilled to learn that Stanford Blood Center (SBC) has opened a new flagship donor center in Campbell. The new center opened its doors on October 22, 2018 and recently held its Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 31.

Paul Resnikoff, former mayor of Campbell, along with SBC’s Executive Director, Harpreet Sandhu, and founder, Dr. Edgar Engleman, addressed the attendees and performed the ribbon cutting.

The event provided an opportunity for local dignitaries, organizational leadership, staff and community members to mingle, enjoy tours of the center, and celebrate the new facility.

“We designed the new center from the ground up with our donors in mind, helping to create a comfortable experience in a modern, relaxing environment. We want to ensure that every donor has the best donation experience possible,” said Sandhu.

“We also put a lot of thought into the location itself. 75% of our donors live in the South Bay, so we wanted to make blood donation even more convenient and accessible. Now when our blood donors are running their errands downtown, we are just a few steps away,” said SBC spokesperson Vanessa Merina.

SBC encourages South Bay community members to make an appointment at the new center to donate blood and help local patients. SBC also has donation centers in Menlo Park and Mountain View. Appointments can be made online at or by calling 888-723-7831. Walk-ins are also welcome.


Stanford Blood Center was created at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1978 to meet the complex transfusion needs of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, as well as provide tailored blood products and clinical trial services for school researchers. Today the center provides blood products to four local hospitals and is a recognized leader in the field of transfusion medicine. More information is available at

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Our Vision

Connecting our communities to provide hope for healing.


Our Mission

At Stanford Blood Center (SBC), we lead the fields of transfusion and transplantation medicine by advancing science and technology. We provide hope for the future by teaching the medical leaders of tomorrow. We enhance lives by connecting donors to patients every day.


Who We Are

Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is a community blood center with a global impact. We connect local donors to local patients while advancing research through support, education, and innovation. Through the generosity of our blood donors, we collect blood products which are then delivered to hospitals throughout the Bay Area and are given to patients in need. In addition to providing blood products for transfusion purposes, we also supply researchers with the products they need to discover the causes, prevention and treatment of blood diseases and blood-borne disorders.

To learn more about Stanford Blood Center and our history, visit:


Products We Collect
SBC collects four types of blood products:

  • Whole Blood
  • Double Red Blood Cells
  • Platelets
  • Plasma

To learn more about the products we collect, visit our Types of Donations page at


Who We Serve

Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is an independent, community blood center that supplies blood and blood components to four Bay Area hospitals: Stanford Health Care, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, ValleyCare and the VA Palo Alto. SBC was established in 1978 as part of the Stanford University Department of Pathology, and has been serving the Bay Area for over 40 years. As of October 2015, SBC has created a powerful alliance with Stanford Health Care (SHC), which has further expanded their impact on clinical care. As part of the Stanford system, SBC remains locally-focused, serving community hospitals and patients, while contributing to research and advancement that impact the world at large.

You can learn more about SBC’s services and milestone achievements on our About Us and SBC Timelinepages.

Stanford Blood Center has blood donation centers located in Campbell, Menlo Park, and Mountain View and holds over 500 mobile blood drives annually throughout the Bay Area.

Always! Many people are reminded that blood donation is essential only in times of emergency; but, in fact, in an emergency situation or a high need time, it is the blood supply we already have on hand that is used to save lives. We strongly encourage community members to schedule regular blood donations each time they are eligible, to ensure a safe and ready blood supply is available for all who need it.

In addition, blood shortages often occur during summer and winter due when the blood supply to illness, vacations and holidays, but the need for blood continues or increases.

While we can collect blood at high schools and colleges in the area during the school year, in the summer months and over winter holidays (when school is not in session), we need the broader community to donate in order to have an adequate blood supply.

On average, 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but only 10% actually do. Community members are encouraged to reach out to SBC if they have questions about their eligibility due to travel, medications or other concerns.

Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They should eat well (preferably an iron-rich meal) prior to donation, drink fluids and present a photo ID at the time of donation. Learn more about donor eligibility and preparing to donate.

Just one blood donation can save up to three lives. Each whole blood donation may be split into up to three separate components (red blood cells, platelets and plasma) that can benefit local patients in different ways. Blood products are used every day to help patients affected by cancer, blood disorders, and accidents or trauma, among others. Learn more about how blood products are collected and used to save lives.

Appointments for blood donations at one of our donor centers or mobile blood drives may be made online at, or by calling 888-723-7831. Same day appointments are available by phone only. Donors are also welcome to walk in to any of our three donor centers in Campbell, Menlo Park or Mountain View during business hours.

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For additional needs, please reach out to:

Ross Coyle
Public Relations Officer
Phone: 650-725-3804

3373 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304