Congratulations to California Blood Bank Society (CBBS) for 65 great years filled with many historical triumphs and so many good stories! Be sure to join us at our 2016 Annual Meeting in beautiful San Diego at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa on April 6-9, 2016. This is a birthday celebration you will not want to miss. The committee teams are prepared to deliver a sensational educational program with a party that will be the talk of the town.
Here we are, 65 years later, and still growing strong as a professional organization that educates, develops and inspires healthcare professionals in transfusion medicine and cellular therapy to improve practices and patient outcomes. If Dr. John Upton and Mrs. Bernice Hemphill, founders of CBBS, were looking down at us, I think they would be smiling and pleased with how we have grown. As a healthcare professional, I have always been grateful to be part of a vibrant society fueled by the vast experts, renowned physicians and passionate health professionals who care and make the difference. So proud to be a part of it!
Last year marked a significant new era for CBBS as we launched the new website and brought new expertise into the Central Office. If you haven’t had a chance yet to see the new website, it is worth a look. Please explore and you will find that you can update your profile, renew membership on-line, post jobs, learn about upcoming events, access CBBS Today, learn about CBBS history, view the current leadership, and find a list of past-presidents. Even more exciting is what will be coming very soon – new eNetwork Forum to discuss riveting questions and answers as well as the long awaited updated Emergency Preparedness Plan. We are now in the era of instant information and CBBS adapts to the technology that will serve our members best.
As we review the year and look forward to the next, we have every reason to be both proud and hopeful for the future. The Board of Directors is committed to strategic planning sessions to evaluate our organization’s focus and relevance to the changing industry. The collective expertise and brain power of our committed team will certainly be challenged to bring new ideas, technology and initiatives to keep CBBS vital and healthy.
Thank you all for your continued support, confidence and patience.
2015-2016 CBBS President