Who We Are


The Don Thomson Donor Center is located in Springfield, Missouri and serves as headquarters for our organization. It is named after the organization’s founding executive director.

In 1995, area civic and medical leaders formed Community Blood Center of the Ozarks with one simple mission:

“To provide a quality blood supply, in a timely manner, at the lowest reasonable fee, while remaining accountable to the local community, blood donors and health care providers.”

Since our beginnings over a quarter of a century ago and thanks to the efforts of our many blood donors and volunteers, we continue to fulfill the role of being the sole provider of blood products to over 40 area healthcare facilities located in three states. When there is an excess of blood locally, CBCO supports other parts of the country that may be short on supplies. CBCO also supplies blood to the United States military, as part of a national effort to sustain our troops.  More than 60,000 donations of blood are required each year to meet the local transfusion needs of our friends and neighbors. We at CBCO take the responsibility of providing that blood very seriously.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is led by a group of community leaders who serve on a volunteer Board of Directors, who possess knowledge and experience of the needs for the area we serve.

We use state-of-the-art technology and strict quality control methods to ensure that our area hospitals have all the blood they need to save lives. We remain committed to fulfilling present and future needs, knowing that this product saves lives every day.

As a not-for-profit organization, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks only recovers the cost incurred in the donation, testing and distribution of blood and blood products. CBCO is a member of America’s Blood Centers, a network of independent blood centers that provides over half of the nation’s blood supply, and is fully accredited by AABB.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is always mindful of who we represent – thousands of blood donors, who selflessly give of themselves so that others may live. We will always strive to make those thousands proud of the way in which we represent them. We encourage repeat donations through our innovative LifePoints Local Donor Rewards Program, through which blood donors can earn rewards for all of their efforts.

Giving blood is the greatest thing you can do today, because it will make a difference tomorrow in the lives of your relatives, friends, and neighbors.  This website has the tools and information that will help you in every step of the donation process.  You are just a few simple clicks away from finding out about upcoming drives in your area, current blood supply levels, and from reading about real people whose lives were changed by this incredible gift.  Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is your blood center, and this is your website.

View our Board of Directors.