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. 











September 13, 2017

HAABB Fall Meeting


Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Forest Park

2111 Sulphur Ave

St. Louis, MO  63139


The HAABB Board of Directors has planned 

an extra special experience for the 

Fall Meeting during

our 50th Anniversary!

Visit our Meetings page for more information!



Exhibitor Registration now available

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
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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



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