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. 








HAABB 2023 Fall Meeting Preview


CASE STUDY - She's Having a Baby: Support for a Pregnant Patient with a Rare Alloantibody
Megan Dupont
IRL Lead Technologist
Community Blood Center of Kansas City

This presentation will:

1. Review the JR Blood Group System.

2. Describe the case of Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn in a patient with anti-Jra.

3. Review strategies for obtaining uncommon or rare blood.

Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated from North Kansas City Hospital’s School of Clinical Laboratory Science in 2010. In 2015, she attended Indiana Blood Center’s Transfusion Medicine Education program and completed her certification as a Specialist in Blood Banking in 2016. Megan joined the team at the Community Blood Center of Kansas City in 2017 where she enjoys her role as a Lead Technologist in the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory.  In her time away from the lab, Megan enjoys being a wife and stepmother, being active in church and picking up hobbies that keep her hands and mind busy!

Kelly Winkhart
Lead Technologist
Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City



•    List three features of Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome.

•    Describe the differences in type I and type II CD36 deficiency.

•    Describe the platelet transfusion therapies available for patients with alloantibody to CD36.

Kelly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (yeah, she knows, what the heck was she thinking. She could have been an astrophysicist!), but she was unable to find a job. As luck would have it this was during the late 80’s when the Med Tech shortage was at its peak. As she needed to pay the rent, she applied for a position at the local blood center. They were desperate…they saw she was breathing had a pulse…so they offered her a job. The rest is history. So after getting her BB(ASCP), SBB (ASCP) and 35 years in the Blood Bank industry at Heartland Blood Center(Chicago), Bonfils Blood Center (Denver), ARUP (Salt Lake Ctiy),  Community Blood Center in Kansas City; Kelly finally has arrived…here…at HAABB.

CASE STUDY - Know your calculus: what to do with no U +S

Alexander Braun, MD
Saint Luke's Hospital
Discussion of the importance of the U antigen to the MNS blood group, and management of transfusion dependent U negative patients.

Dr Alexander Braun is a private practice pathologist at Saint Luke's Hospital, active in both surgical and clinical pathology. He has a background in transufusion medicine, with a fellowship completed at the University of Minnesota in 2021.


Dr. Matthew Coleman
Regional Medical Director
American Red Cross, Tulsa, OK

Cold stored platelets (CSP) are not a new idea. This presentation will explore the past, present and near-future of this new-again hot topic. We will cover the reasons for room temperature storage and why it was the standard for so many years. Then we will examine cold stored platelets and why they are making a comeback.

Are cold stored platelets for everyone?

When do CSP make sense?

Can I get them now, or soon?

Dr. Matthew Coleman has been practicing Transfusion Medicine for 'around' twenty years. After leaving the engineering world, he happily entered the realm of medicine graduationg from the University of Oklahoma and the OU College of Medicine. He has journeyed around the world of Transfusion Medicine working in hospital, clinics and blood centers. Some of his highlights include being Medical Director of the largest hospital-owned blood collector and the largest collector of apheresis stem cells for Be the Match (known then as NMDP). He has worked for both of the largest collectors of blood in the US: Vitalant (then known as Blood Systems, Inc) and, currently, the American Red Cross. He is still fascinated by blood daily but has special fondness for Therapeutic Apheresis and Cellular Therapies. He currently serves as a Regional Medical Director for the Red Cross, overseeing blood collections and distribution across the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. He also oversees Therapeutic Apheresis, PBSC collection and Cellular Therapy collections in the same area.


CASE STUDY - IVIg-induced Hemolysis

Dr. Natalie Malvik
Transfusion Service Medical Director
SSM Health - St. Louis University Hospital
Case report of possible hemolytic anemia following administration of IVIG. Key points: awareness, risk factors, incidence, pre-administration considerations, and management. 

Natalie Malvik, MD, MPH completed medical school at Southern Illinois School of Medicine, and completed both her Clinical Pathology residency and Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is currently the medical director of Transfusion Medicine Services and the Blood Bank for SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, as well as teaching in the Department of Pathology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, as well as traveling and sewing.


Tiffany Taylor

Trauma Program Manager - Trauma Services, Injury Prevention, and Outreach

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Learners will be able to identify blood components, products, and volumes used during pediatric massive transfusion.

Learners will be able to identify methods of review for pediatric MTP as well as identify opportunities for PI. 

Tiffany is currently the Trauma Program Manager of SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, MO, a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. She previously held the roles of Trauma PI coordinator as well as Emergency Department charge nurse.  She has over 10 years of experience in pediatric trauma. Her interest in pediatric MTP began during her time as an ED charge nurse when it was recognized that the hospital did not have a formalized protocol for MTP.  She was on the development committee at that time and has continued to have a special interest in pediatric resuscitation.  She has presented this work at several conferences, both regionally and nationally, and is in process of developing a manuscript to submit for publcation of this work. 


Shay Jones

University of Kansas Health System

This presentation will review a case involving a patient with a rare platelet antibody and measures taken to get viable product.

Shay Jones received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana and his Medical Technologist training from St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, Indiana. Upon completion of Medical Technology training, he was hired on as an Immunohematologist at Community Blood Center. Shay was later promoted to the Kansas City Education Coordinator. Shay is currently the transfusion service manager and the University of Kansas Health Systems.
Maggie Neustadt

VP Risk and Cliam Management

Saint Luke's Health System


1) Understand why  informed consent is necessary for blood transfusions for ethical, regulatory and legal reasons

2) Understand what an effective informed consent process includes and review challenging situations with arise with consent

3) Discuss the concept of an informed refusal of consent


Maggie Neustadt, JD CPHRM, FASHRM is the Vice President of Risk and Claims Management for Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Missouri. As an attorney and clinical risk manager, Maggie directs patient safety activities for the enterprise and also has responsibility for managing exposures for the system’s captive insurance program. Prior to joining Saint Luke’s Health System in 2011, Maggie was Senior Counsel at Husch Blackwell specializing in professional liability litigation.