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 2018-2019 Board of Directors is closed.

We are looking for a few good blood bank and transfusion medicine professionals to serve on the next HAABB Board of Directors.  The slate of nominees has been determined.  



HAABB 51st Annual

Spring Meeting

April 17 & 18, 2018


Harrah's Hotel

One Riverboat Drive

North Kansas City, MO 64116


The HAABB Board of Directors has planned

the 51st Annual Spring Meeting to be held in Kansas City, Missouri!  We have a fantastic program planned with topics ranging from Massive Transfusion, Pediatric Whole Blood Usage, Problems with Blood Bank Testing, Patient Blood Management, and Disaster Planning and Recovery.

Please visit our Meetings page for more information regarding the current meeting.

Exhibitor Registration available NOW! 

Click here to be taken to the

exhibitor registration information 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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Complete the form below, click submit, and we will e-mail you when new details are available.  


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



Gagan Mathur, Member at Large

Ryan Pyles, Member at Large


and welcomes back 


Faith Nilhas, President-Elect

Miche Swofford, Vice-President

Susie Shaw, Member at Large

to the 2017-2018

HAABB Board of Directors

HAABB is a volunteer organization that provides educational opportunities for medical laboratory professionals with an emphasis on transfusion medicine.

Current Officers 2017- 2018:

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

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

Past President:  Lynsi Rahorst, MHPE, MT(ASCP), Community Blood Center,  Kansas City, MO

Vice-President:  Miché Swofford, MLS(ASCP), Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Treasurer:  Diana Moroney, MBA, MT(ASCP)SBB, American Red Cross, St. Louis, MO
Secretary:  Gina Gramlich, MT(ASCP) SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, Jefferson City, MO