The Heart of America Association of Blood Banks is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to improving Transfusion Medicine by fostering the exchange of information and bringing education opportunities to blood bank and transfusion medicine professionals.  The HAABB hosts two annual meetings for the Kansas City & St Louis areas. 








Call for Recommendations - 

HAABB 2019 - 2020 Board of Directors is closed.

The slate of nominees has been determined.




52nd Annual Spring HAABB Meeting

April 9 & 10, 2019


Harrah's Hotel

One Riverboat Drive

North Kansas City, MO 64116



The 2018-2019 HAABB Board of Directors has 

planned a fabulous program

for the 52nd Annual Spring Meeting!  


This year's program includes international speakers, many wonderful local speakers, and even some of the HAABB board members....


 You don't want to miss this 

excellant educational opportunity!

For more information, visit our MEETINGS page.




HAABB has been providing blood bank and transfusion medicine education to the "Heart of America" for 50 years!  We could not have done this without YOU!!  Your attendance at these meetings is what drives us to continue each year!  We also could not have done this without the support of speakers who want to share their knowledge and vendors who give us tremendous support. 
So to all of you, HAABB says
Need a copy of our W-9?  click here

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Beginning in 2011, the HAABB started awarding a matching $500 scholarship to the school of the winning student to be used for educational purposes.  Click on the Student Scholarship tab (above) for more information.

The HAABB welcomes new members



Megan Dupont, Secretary

Misheil Coyoca Savage, Member at Large

Kathryn Harrison, Member at Large

Daniela Hermelin, Member at Large


and welcomes back 


Michelle Burgin, President-Elect

Krystal Tray, Vice-President

Gina Gramlich, Treasurer

to the 2018-2019

HAABB Board of Directors

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Current Officers 2018- 2019:

President: Faith Nilhas, MLS(ASCP)CM, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, KS

Past President:  Charles McDonald Jr., MBA, MT(ASCP), Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, KS

President Elect:  Michelle Burgin, MT(ASCP)SBB, Bothwell Regional, Sedalia,  KS

Vice-President:  Krystal Tray, University of Missouri Healthcare, Columbia, MO

Treasurer:  Gina Gramlich, MT(ASCP), SSM Health St. mary's Hospital, Jefferson City, MO

Secretary:  Megan Dupont, Community Blood Center, Kansas City, MO