AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Coffee Memorial Blood Center is joining forces with a much bigger entity to ensure it can continue to serve hospitals across the Panhandle.
Thursday, Coffee Memorial announced its intent to align its operations with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. The blood center said it's not a merger or a buyout, it's just two non-profits joining together to better prepare for the future.
The Oklahoma Blood Institute is the 9th largest non-profit blood center in the country.
Coffee Memorial CEO and President Joe McCormick said a partnership would allow their organization to utilize the Oklahoma Blood Institute's resources when it comes to the business and financial aspects of running a blood center. "Any organization that is small is going to struggle to survive," said McCormick. "We wanted to take this proactive action before we reached a point where we didn't have any choice. We wanted to align with a strong partner that had a similar culture to ours so we can continue operating in the way that we want to operate in our communities."
McCormick said it will be business as usual for donors and others who use their center. The name will stay the same, current services at the center will continue and funds raised locally will stay local. McCormick hopes to keep the majority of staff currently employed at the center, but some jobs may be consolidated.
The partnership is expected to become official in two to three months.