The Blood Connection Appoints New Members To Board Of Trustees

Piedmont, SC (October 2, 2017) – The Blood Connection has announced the appointment of two new members to its board of trustees. Chad E. Richard of Greenville Health System and Mark B. Johnston of Community Journals will join a 13-member board that helps ensure donor collection and blood processing meet community needs at the highest standards.

“We have a strong leadership foundation in place and we couldn’t be more pleased with these appointments," said Delisa English, TBC President and CEO.
“Each of these individuals have deep professional backgrounds and a passionate commitment to blood donation. I know they will bring valuable insight to our mission that will help us continue to grow.”

Chad E. Richard is the Executive Director of Supply Chain and System Director of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing for Greenville Health System. He brings 24 years in healthcare materials management. Prior to Greenville Health System, he served Carolinas Healthcare, Iredell Memorial Hospital, Rutherford Regional and Presbyterian Specialty Hospital/Novant Health.

Mark B. Johnston is President, CEO and co-founder of Community Journals, and a 35-year-veteran of the publishing industry. He developed the successful execution of the Greenville Journal in the Upstate of South Carolina, now one of the largest, privately owned, community weekly newspapers and digital content distribution platforms in the country.

The new board members will help develop long term strategic priorities to strengthen TBC’s community engagement and foster increased support from community leaders and groups.

TBC thanks outgoing member Hunter Kome, president of the Oconee Medical Campus Greenville Health System, for his leadership and continued support.

About The Blood Connection

Founded as Greenville Blood Assurance in 1962, The Blood Connection (TBC) is the largest independently managed, non-profit community blood center in the region. Licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, TBC serves an 18,280-square-mile area of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina, holding 12-14 blood drives a day through bloodmobiles, portable field units and fixed donation sites. This equates to approximately 125,000 units a year, which are tested and processed at TBC’s state-of-the-art Biologics Processing Center in Piedmont, SC.

In South Carolina, TBC serves Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, Pickens, Oconee, Greenwood, McCormick, Laurens, Newberry and Lexington counties. TBC also contracts with Med-Trans Air Medical Transport to serve Sumter, Marion, Dorchester, Colleton, Charleston and Berkeley counties. In Georgia, TBC serves Stephens, Hall, and Barrow counties.

In 2011, TBC began serving Macon, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, Buncombe, McDowell and Mitchell counties in Western North Carolina. In 2017, TBC expanded services to include Wake, Durham, Orange, Forsyth, Rowan and Pitt counties. For more information, visit thebloodconnection.org