LifeSouth in Central Alabama

LifeSouth serves more than 20 hospitals in Central Alabama and needs more than 400 donors every week to meet the growing demand.

skystarThe Central Alabama District is centered in the Birmingham metro area and serves donors in 13 surrounding counties.

redstarThe district headquarters is in Birmingham.

bluestarIt serves donors with donor centers at its headquarters and also at Brookwood Medical Center and St. Vincent’s East, along with a fleet of three bloodmobiles.

Quick History

LifeSouth, then known as Civitan Regional Blood Center, made history in Birmingham in 1994 when it opened its first location outside of the state of Florida. The move came at the invitation of a group of hospitals in Birmingham. From that start LifeSouth has grown to become the largest provider of blood components in the state of Alabama.

Did You Know?

The giant statue of Vulcan that has overlooked Birmingham from atop Red Mountain since the 1930s got its start as an exhibit at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.  It’s the largest cast-iron statue in the world.

At the Talladega Superspeedway driver Bill Elliott set NASCAR’s all-time fastest qualifying speed of 212.809 mph in 1987. The track is rated as the sixth fastest on the circuit.

Oak Mountain State Park south of Birmingham is the largest state park in Alabama and is one of the top spots for mountain biking in all of the Southeast.

A Request + A Promise

We ask everyone to join us in our commitment to grow the community’s blood supply. We promise to partner with businesses and provide dynamic, fun and innovative blood donor recruitment programs. We promise to use every resource we have to uphold our commitment to meet the community’s need for blood.

Volunteering to give blood is giving the gift of life. We hold this gift in the highest regard. Please consider partnering with us to grow the blood supply for our community.

To view a listing of hospitals we service, click here.


John Sheehan
District Director, Central Alabama
396 West Oxmoor Road
Birmingham, AL 35209

When John Sheehan first came to LifeSouth in 2003, he wasn’t looking for a career. His goal was a job while he worked his way through college. But when he went to work in resource management, his perspective changed. “You get to see what we do and how it affects people in the community,” he said.

Since taking that first job, Sheehan has proved himself a skilled multitasker, working full-time while earning a degree from Auburn University Montgomery, his law degree from the Birmingham School of Law and then passing the bar exam. In September, he was promoted to Central Alabama District Director, taking over for big sister Ashley Smith, who now works for LifeSouth as a hospital liaison. Sheehan grew up in Selma, Ala. He and his wife Tiffany now live in Birmingham.

“We were very fortunate to have someone like John take on the role of district director,” said Director of District Operations J.D. Pettyjohn. “He has in-depth knowledge of blood center operations and a proven leadership style, which is evident in the way that he worked with his current RM department. I know that all of the Birmingham staff is excited to have him as the new district director.”



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