About Us

LifeSouth is your community blood center.
The blood collected from donors helps patients in your local hospitals.

LifeSouth is a non-profit community blood bank serving more than 100 hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. We are committed to meeting the blood supply needs of hospitals and their patients by providing the highest quality blood components and services. With more than 30 donor centers, 45 blood mobiles and 2,000 blood drives a month, our LifeSouth team is dedicated to making sure the blood is there when you or your family member is in need.


Our Mission

To provide a safe blood supply that meets or exceeds the needs in each community we serve, and to provide a variety of services in support of ongoing and emerging blood and transfusion-related activities.

Our Vision

To be a vital and prominent member of our communities, known for meeting the needs of the entire community, incomparable customer service and unwavering employee excellence.

To develop our communities’ blood supply by increasing blood donations from both new and existing blood donors and optimizing component yields from each donation.

To be an employer of choice by providing a work environment that continually reiterates and reinforces the value of each employee’s role and offers opportunities for employee development and growth.

To be recognized as a provider of the safest and highest quality blood components and services by engaging in unrelenting and continuous improvement in our methods and procedures.


Leadership Team

Nancy Eckert

President + Chief Executive Officer

As president and CEO, Nancy is appointed by the LifeSouth Board of Directors and is a non-voting, ex-officio member of the board and all committees. Nancy is responsible for implementing policies and directives promulgated by the board. In this capacity, Nancy assumes full authority and accountability for the efficiency and ongoing success of the organization. She directs the efforts of the medical directors, vice president of operations, vice president of quality, chief financial officer, chief information officer, director of outreach & communications, director of LifeCord, technical director and general counsel. Nancy is also responsible for rendering a financial report to the Finance and Audit Committee at least quarterly, recommending to the Finance and Audit Committee an annual budget, pricing for services, resource development, compensation and benefits and engaging a qualified accounting firm to perform annual external audits.

Nancy received a bachelor’s in medical technology from the University of Florida and obtained her specialist in blood banking while working at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. Nancy has served on several professional boards including America’s Blood Centers, the National Blood Foundation and the AABB board of directors. She is currently an active board member with Blood Centers of America, National Blood Collaborative and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Grebe

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Paul prepares the annual budget, pricing for services and financial reports at least quarterly for review by the president and CEO, the Finance and Audit Committee and approval by the board. He is also responsible for the purchasing department, and the business office.

Paul majored in computer science at the University of Florida. Paul is a member AABB, where he served as the Audit Committee chair for three years.

Tom Wurzbach

Chief Information Officer

Tom is the executive-level strategist and subject matter expert on all things IT. He provides oversight of network design and implementation, information security and management, software development, database administration, training and technical writing. He is also the principal data and software architect for IBBIS, and assists in administration of LifeSouth’s production database systems. Tom’s innovations in blood bank IT have enabled LifeSouth to extend its IBBIS to other blood centers. LifeSouth is the only IT solutions provider able to offer a complete technology, procedure and training stack.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a master’s in computer science and engineering, and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance from the University of Florida.

Kim Kinsell

General Counsel

As general counsel, Kim is responsible for advising and representing LifeSouth in all legal matters. This includes handling contracts, legal review of documents, policies and procedures and working to resolve or prevent lawsuits for LifeSouth. In addition, she works with other departments to ensure LifeSouth remains in compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations, including privacy and confidentiality issues. Kim is also responsible for the administrative services department, including management of the human resources department, and ensures the organization’s compliance with all employment and safety laws and regulations.

Kim graduated with a degree in English, and earned her juris doctor and M.B.A from the University of Florida.

J.B. Bowles

Vice President of Operations

Senior Vice President of Business Development and Operations
J.B. directs company operations to meet budget and other financial goals. He establishes the performance goals, allocates resources and assesses policies for senior management. He also participates in acquisition and growth activities and plans direct execution of operating policies to support overall business objectives.

J.B. holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Eastern New Mexico. J.B. serves as a member of the prestigious Army Aviation Association of America after retiring with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Army.

Jill Evans

Vice President of Quality

As vice president of quality, Jill oversees the blood center’s quality plan including compliance, error management, regulatory affairs, validation and implementation of process change. Quality assurance oversees all aspects of facility and product licensure, accreditation and the external inspection process, including site assessments by the FDA, AABB and College of American Pathologists. In partnership with district operations, quality assurance works to minimize risk associated with the development of new processes and procedures including the implementation of new technology and software.

Jill holds a degree in medical technology from the University of Florida and has more than 30 years of experience in blood banking, including transfusion service medicine, laboratory management and community blood banking.

Dan Galasso

Vice President of Finance

Dan is responsible for planning, directing and controlling financial functions in collaboration with the CFO. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Florida.

J.D. Pettyjohn

Vice President of Operations

J.D. Pettyjohn
Vice President of Operations


Medical & Lab Team

Dr. Christopher Lough

Medical Director

Chris Lough, MD graduated from his Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Hoxworth Blood Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Lough’s focus is the immunohematology reference laboratory, donor testing, process improvement, and promoting education regarding appropriate transfusion therapy.

Dr. Peter Miller

Medical Director

Peter Miller, MD completed his Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University Israel, and went on to complete a rotating Internal Medicine year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He moved on to residency in Clinical Pathology at The George Washington University, in Washington D.C. His main focus is in hemapheresis and transfusion support in clinical medicine, esoteric lab testing, informatics particularly big data management within pathology and stem cell therapies including collection and directed stem cell expansion.

Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez

Medical Director

Juan Merayo-Rodriguez, MD is a board certified pathologist with a specialty in blood bank and transfusion medicine. He earned his medical doctor degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic and completed a residency in pathology at Danbury Hospital (Yale), Danbury, Conn. where he was also a surgical pathology fellow. He was a transfusion medicine fellow at Penn State Hershey, Hershey, Penn. He holds Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine and Anatomical and Clinical Pathology Board Certificates from the American Board of Pathology.

Bill Martinez

Technical Director

In his work for LifeSouth Bill provides leadership for technical operations such as the Immunohematology Reference and QC laboratories. Bill earned a Baccalaureate degree in Medical Technology from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida, and a Certificate in Lean / Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University. Bill is also certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a specialist in blood banking (SBB). Before coming to Gainesville, he was Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy.


Hospitals We Serve

Alabama

Athens-Limestone Hospital
Baptist Medical Center East
Baptist Medical Center South
Birmingham VA Medical Center
Brookwood Medical Center
Bullock County Hospital
Children’s Hospital of Alabama
Citizens Baptist Medical Center
Community Hospital Tallassee
Coosa Valley Medical Center
Crenshaw Community Hospital
Crestwood Medical Center
Cullman Regional Medical Center
Dale Medical Center
DCH Regional Medical Center
Decatur Morgan Hospital
EAMC-Lanier
East Alabama Medical Center
Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital
Elmore Community Hospital
Flowers Hospital
Georgiana Medical Center
Helen Keller Hospital
Highlands Medical Center
Huntsville Hospital
Jack Hughston Hospital
Jackson Hospital
Lake Martin Community Hospital
Lawrence Medical Center
Madison Hospital
Marshall Medical Center North
Marshall Medical Center South
Mizell Memorial Hospital
Mobile Infirmary Medical Center
North Baldwin Infirmary
Parkway Medical Center
Prattville Baptist Hospital
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
Regional Medical Center Anniston
Regional Medical Center Jacksonville
Russell Medical Center
Shelby Baptist Medical Center
Shoals Hospital
Southeast Alabama Medical Center
Springhill Memorial Hospital
St. Vincent’s Birmingham
St. Vincent’s Blount
St. Vincent’s East
St. Vincent’s St. Clair
Thomas Hospital
Trinity Medical Center
UAB Medical West
University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital
USA Children’s & Women’s
USA Medical Center
Walker Baptist Medical Center
Wiregrass Medical Center

Florida

Baptist Medical Center Beaches
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
Baptist Medical Center Nassau
Baptist Medical Center South
Bayfront Health Brooksville
Bayfront Health Spring Hill
Citrus Memorial Hospital
Lake Butler Hospital / Hand Surgery Center
Lake City Medical Center
Lake City VA Medical Center
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
Memorial Hospital
North Florida Reception Center Hospital
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Orange Park Regional Medical Center
Oak Hill Hospital
Putnam Community Medical Center
Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center
Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center
Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center
Shands Starke Regional Medical Center
UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
UF Health Shands Hospital
Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Georgia

Atlanta Medical Center
Atlanta Medical Center – South Campus
Atlanta VA Medical Center
Barrow Regional Medical Center
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Emory University Hospital
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Grady Health System
Habersham Medical Center
Higgins General Hospital
Martin Army Community Hospital
Medical Center of Central Georgia
Newton General Hospital
North Fulton Hospital
Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Northside Hospital
Northside Hospital – Forsyth
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
Piedmont Henry Hospital
South Georgia Medical Center
Spalding Regional Medical Center
Sylvan Grove Hospital
Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton
Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica
Warm Springs Medical Center
Wellstar Cobb Hospital
Wellstar Kennestone Hospital
West Georgia Medical Center


Affiliate Programs

Five Points of Life Foundation

LifeSouth established the Five Points of Life Foundation to educate and raise awareness of the five ways to share life through the donation of blood, apheresis, marrow, cord blood and organ/tissue.  We teach the importance of donation because it is vital to the health of our communities. We do this through two programs, Five Points in the Classroom and Five points of Life Kids Marathons. To date, the foundation has reached more than 125,000 children in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. We believe education is the answer for the future by creating the Donation Generation.

LifeCord

LifeSouth established a public cord blood bank program in 1998 called LifeCord, which has the first of its kind in the Southeast. LifeCord is FDA licensed and collects umbilical cord blood from newborns at 12 hospitals in the three states we service. To date, the stem cells from our collections were used for 200 transplants in 29 states and 17 foreign countries.


Our Reports

Our Board

Our Board

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. This group of dedicated community leaders provides crucial guidance that enables us to fulfill our mission. Local Advisory Councils from each region elect a representative to the board. Their support and assistance is invaluable to the success of our mission.

Philip Baker

Reeves Byrd Jr.

James Kelly Jr., CPA

Ronald Spitznagel, EdD

Don Barbee Jr.

Herb Bevis, PhD

Gary Brooks

Dan Bundy

Avis Craig

Mary Beth Briscoe

Michael Corrigan

Kayser Enneking, MD

Lester Johnson, MD

Tonya Raines

Jeff Rains

 

 

Katherine Laurenzano, MD

Michael Lukowski, MD

Gary Moody, JD

Chris Montgomery

William Northcutt

Everett Scroggie Jr.

Willard Shafer

Carl Smith

Robert Smith

Richard Staab

Joe Stough III

Merrick Wilson

Kristi Fultz-Butts

Wendi Taylor

Jansen Voss, JD


Contact Us:

For hours and locations, click here.

Call us with any questions you may have about appointments, eligibility and more at 1-888-795-2707.

For press inquiries, contact Brite Whitaker.

For LifeCord information contact us here.

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