About LifeServe


Providing Blood and Blood Products to Hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota

LifeServe Blood Center is a non-profit, community based blood center that has served the needs of local hospitals and patients in our regions since 1963. As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center is the SOLE provider of blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Your donation with LifeServe will help save your neighbor, a friend or family member or a stranger on the street. YOU make a difference in YOUR community. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.

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The Blood Center of Iowa and Siouxland Community Blood Bank, two strong, Iowa-based, not-for-profit blood centers, merged operations in April 2010 to become LifeServe Blood Center. The decision to combine operations marked a positive move forward in the centers’ ability to counter-act the rising costs of healthcare by providing hospital customers with lower blood costs and additional value-added benefits.

Today, LifeServe Blood Center collects approximately 156,000 units of blood a year and provides blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. 

Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer

SSimeStacy Sime 

Stacy is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of LifeServe Blood Center. In addition to her undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Microbiology from North Dakota State University, Stacy has a Masters Degree from Drake University.  Stacy’s career in transfusion medicine started at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa where she worked in an active transfusion service for six years.  Her blood center career began at The Blood Center of Iowa.  During her time in the organization, Stacy worked her way through Quality, Donor Services, Recruitment and Hospital Services including the testing laboratory. 

Stacy is committed to developing tomorrow’s leaders. She has served as the Educational Coordinator for the Mercy School of Clinical Laboratory Science and now is an active member of the Advisory Board for the school.  She actively mentors young leaders in her community.  She is a member of the LEAD Advisory Board for Drake University, which is committed to creating an under graduate leadership curriculum.  Stacy believes the success of any community is connected to the vitality of its workforce.  Stacy currently sits on the Regional Workforce Board.  

Stacy is active in her industry. She is currently on the Board of Blood Centers of America and the National Blood Collaborative. She has been active in AABB and Blood Group Alliance.  She served as the chair of Blood Centers of America for 4 years.  She currently sits on the National Hospital Contracts Committee and the Executive Committee.  Stacy was honored to participate in an Administrative Think Tank for AABB, a national organization dedicated to furthering transfusion medicine.   Through her work on the Think Tank, Stacy actually published work on changes that needed to be made to strengthen the relationship between blood centers and hospitals. 

Chief Operating Officer

Christine HayesChristine Hayes 

In her role as Vice President of Operations for LifeServe Blood Center, Christine’s responsibilities include oversight of all of LifeServe Blood Center’s operational business units throughout the tri-state region of Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. These business units include Recruitment/Marketing, Donor Services and Hospital Services (which includes donor and reference testing, component manufacturing and blood distribution functions).

Christine has been a member of the LifeServe team for the past 23 years. Prior to joining the blood banking industry, her experience focused on the medical insurance industry.  Her wealth of industry experience and knowledge of operational functions ensures the organization is primed to meet and exceed the needs of the customer.  She has been a featured contributor/speaker at many blood banking industry meetings.     

Chief Financial Officer

Cheryl Ritter

CRitter1As the Vice President of Finance for LifeServe Blood Center, Cheryl’s vast experience in finance, tax, treasury, accounting practices and strategic planning ensures that LifeServe Blood Center is a financially strong organization that is planning for the future. Cheryl has had more than twenty five years of executive and senior level financial experience throughout her career, in both manufacturing and healthcare organizations. 

Cheryl has been a member of the LifeServe executive team for over six years and is responsible for all finance and accounting practices within the organization as well as oversight for the Information Technology and Purchasing/Facility departments.



Board of Directors

LifeServe Blood Center is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The board is comprised of a broad range of leaders in the community representing businesses, community organizations and hospitals.


Matt Anderson – Assistant City Manager, City of Des Moines

Vice Chairman

Mark Johnson — Vice President of Supply Management, UnityPoint Health


Jeff Fisher – Assistant General Counsel, Wellmark

Board Members

  • Dr. Matt Andres – Pathologist, Mercy Medical Center
  • Chris Myres – Economic Development Specialist, City of Sioux City, IA
  • Dr. Rick Sidwell – Trauma Surgeon, Iowa Clinic
  • Jim Wharton – Retired 
  • Kevin Koester – Semi Retired
  • Josh Strief – Attorney, Elverson Vasey
  • Dick Clinard – Retired
  • Renae Chesnut – Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health
  • Tami Burnham – Employee Relations Manager, Wells Fargo


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