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Shay Willis, Director of PR and Marketing

Phone: 515-309-4852

Toll-Free: 800-287-4903 ext. 4852


  • 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 1947. As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe provides blood products to 161 hospitals primarily in 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

  • 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 160 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. 

  • We save lives in partnership with the communities we serve.

  • Trusted by patients, sought by hospitals, favored by communities, and chosen by employees.

  • LifeServe Blood Center is dedicated to a set of guiding pillars and core values that define and
    shape our organization’s commitment to our customers; blood donors and hospitals, community
    and employees.

    It’s Achievement…
    Recognizing donors, hospitals and employees for their achievement of being a part of a
    special team of contributors committed to providing a vital community resource.
    Providing our customers with only the highest quality products and services, on time, and in
    the best possible way, through continuous improvement in the quality of our work and

    Adhering to a strict code of ethics and will promote integrity through honest, fair and moral behaviors.

    It’s Service…
    We strive to understand and exceed the current and future service expectations of our
    customers, our donors and each other and to serve with personal humility and the highest
    level of professional courtesy.

    We will exercise full respect for the contributions and needs of all people and processes
    affected by our organization.

    It’s Community…
    We will assume responsibility for stewardship of the blood supply and pledge to represent
    our community’s best interests in making wise use of all resources and doing our part to keep
    blood costs affordable for our customers.

    We assume personal accountability for our actions and the quality and outcomes resulting
    from our work. We strive for excellence and are accountable when we do not achieve
    desired results.

  • LifeServe Blood Center is a provider of blood and blood products to more than 160 local hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

  • More then 2,500 units of blood are needed each week to maintain an adequate blood supply in the community and to meet rising transfusion demands across the country. New, first time donors, as well as established donors, are needed to expand and sustain the donor base.

  • Blood donation matters every day for cancer patients undergoing treatment, for accident and trauma patients and for individuals being treated for various blood disorders. In fact, nine out of ten people who live to age 70 will use blood during their lifetime.

  • One unit of donated blood can help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients. 

  • More than 150,000 units of blood will be collected and tested each year by LifeServe Blood Center. Testing is performed in LifeServe Blood Center's state-of-the-art laboratory to make sure the blood is safe to transfuse to hospital patients. Each unit of blood is subject to 15 different tests.

  • LifeServe Blood Center only accepts blood donations from healthy, eligible volunteers. It has been proven that blood voluntarily donated is much safer than a paid blood donation. A volunteer donor base is the most important and significant factor in providing a safe blood supply.

  • Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years old (16 and 17 year old donors must have a signed parental/guardian permission form). Donors must also weigh at least 120 pounds and should be in general good health.

  • LifeServe Blood Center offers a variety of both mobile blood drive and donor center donation locations. Mobile blood drives take place as businesses, churches, high schools and colleges in communities throughout Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. LifeServe Blood Center also maintains donor center locations in Ames, Ankeny, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Mason City, Sioux City, Pella, Urbandale and West Des Moines in Iowa; Aberdeen, Mitchell, and Yankton in South Dakota; additionally, a mobile staging site is located in Waterloo, IA. 

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