Ensuring an Ample and Secure Blood Supply

Supporting Pittsburgh’s World-Class Healthcare Systems

Vitalant (formerly Central Blood Bank) is a tax-exempt organization established to serve the blood transfusion needs of Pittsburgh-area hospitals. Vitalant is the largest and most established blood collection and distribution service in the region. It serves metropolitan Pittsburgh as well as western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Vitalant Pittsburgh currently distributes units of whole blood and blood products annually to over 45 hospitals and healthcare facilities in the tri-state area.

Vitalant is the predominate supplier of blood products to all of UPMC and Allegheny Health Network hospitals. The mission of Blood Science Foundation is twofold. First and foremost, the Foundation raises funds to support the entire blood collection and distribution ecosystem, as well as invest in local blood science-related research efforts such as those being performed at UPMC’s Vascular Medicine Institute (VMI). Secondly, the Foundation is responsible for public awareness efforts related to this ongoing healthcare need.

Clinical Services & Diagnostics

Clinical Services focuses on the pre-transfusion testing and delivery of vital blood products to patients in our Pennsylvania and Illinois service regions. These services contribute to the treatment requirements of stem cell transplant patients who are waiting for lifesaving hematological transplants worldwide. Other services provided include: centralized transfusion services, an immunohematology reference lab, public cord blood banking, and total blood management.

Diagnostics consists of a Coagulation Laboratory, a Therapeutic Hemapheresis department and a Hemostasis & Thrombosis Clinic. Its primary function is to provide diagnostic, consultative and educational support for referral tests in the areas of hemostasis and thrombosis.

The Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) is a nonprofit providing holistic medical care for patients with hemophilia and other bleeding and clotting disorders throughout western Pennsylvania. Its comprehensive care model includes physical therapy and genetic counseling, with adult and pediatric providers. HCWP provides educational, insurance and research needs in partnership with entities such as the National Hemophilia Foundation, Patient Services Inc., The Foundation for Women & Girls, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Vascular Medicine Institute.

Support a safe, ample, and ready blood supply for the Pittsburgh region.