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Hoxworth Blood Center Celebrates 70 Years of Saving Lives

by Eric Langevin Assistant Division Director Donor Recruitment & Community Relations Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Blood Center, the second oldest blood center in the country, celebrated its 70th anniversary in December 2008. Founded on December 10, 1938 by Cincinnati surgeon Dr. Paul I. Hoxworth, the blood bank was established as a not-

for-profit organization operating under the auspices of the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

In 1944, as World War II began to draw to a close, the American Red Cross turned the blood bank over to the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. However, the Red Cross became involved with what was now called the UC Blood Transfusion Service again during the Korean War.

Finally, the blood center gained independent status and was renamed

for its founder in 1973. However, it remains a part of the University of Cincinnati to this day.

In those early days, the blood bank was a one-room laboratory located in the basement of General Hospital, now known as The University Hospital. The staff consisted of Dr. Hoxworth’s wife and three technicians. Dr. Hoxworth and other hospital doctors donated their time and services.

The blood bank collected approximately 2,000 units of blood annually, providing whole blood

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