About Us

LifeSouth is your community blood center. The blood collected from donors helps patients in your local hospitals.

LifeSouth is a non-profit community blood bank serving more than 100 hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. We are committed to meeting the blood supply needs of hospitals and their patients by providing the highest quality blood components and services. With more than 30 donor centers, 45 blood mobiles and 2,000 blood drives a month, our LifeSouth team is dedicated to making sure the blood is there when you or your family member is in need.

Our Mission

To provide a safe blood supply that meets or exceeds the needs in each community we serve, and to provide a variety of services in support of ongoing and emerging blood and transfusion-related activities.

Our Vision

To be a vital and prominent member of our communities, known for meeting the needs of the entire community, incomparable customer service and unwavering employee excellence.

To develop our communities’ blood supply by increasing blood donations from both new and existing blood donors and optimizing component yields from each donation.

To be an employer of choice by providing a work environment that continually reiterates and reinforces the value of each employee’s role and offers opportunities for employee development and growth.

To be recognized as a provider of the safest and highest quality blood components and services by engaging in unrelenting and continuous improvement in our methods and procedures.

Leadership Team

Kimberly E. Kinsell

President & Chief Executive Officer

Kim graduated with a degree in English, and earned her juris doctor and M.B.A from the University of Florida.

Paul Grebe

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Paul prepares the annual budget, pricing for services and financial reports at least quarterly for review by the president and CEO, the Finance and Audit Committee and approval by the board. He is also responsible for the purchasing department, and the business office.

Paul majored in computer science at the University of Florida. Paul is a member AABB, where he served as the Audit Committee chair for three years.

Tom Wurzbach

Chief Information Officer

Tom is the executive-level strategist and subject matter expert on all things IT. He provides oversight of network design and implementation, information security and management, software development, database administration, training and technical writing. He is also the principal data and software architect for IBBIS, and assists in administration of LifeSouth’s production database systems. Tom’s innovations in blood bank IT have enabled LifeSouth to extend its IBBIS to other blood centers. LifeSouth is the only IT solutions provider able to offer a complete technology, procedure and training stack.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a master’s in computer science and engineering, and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance from the University of Florida.

Dan Galasso

Vice President of Finance

Dan is responsible for planning, directing and controlling financial functions in collaboration with the CFO. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Florida.

J.D. Pettyjohn

Chief Operating Officer

J.D. Pettyjohn
Chief Operating Officer

Lori Masingil

Vice President of Quality

Vice President of Quality

Chris Lough, M.D.

Vice President of Medical Services

Chris Lough, M.D. earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completed residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Kentucky, and completed his Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Hoxworth Blood Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Lough serves as Laboratory Director for the immunohematology reference laboratories in Gainesville, FL and Atlanta, GA. His areas of interest include molecular testing, donor testing, process improvement, and promoting education regarding appropriate transfusion therapy. He is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, as well as Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine.

Medical & Lab Team

Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez

Medical Director

Juan Merayo-Rodriguez, MD is a board certified pathologist with a specialty in blood bank and transfusion medicine. He earned his medical doctor degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic and completed a residency in pathology at Danbury Hospital (Yale), Danbury, Conn. where he was also a surgical pathology fellow. He was a transfusion medicine fellow at Penn State Hershey, Hershey, Penn. He holds Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine and Anatomical and Clinical Pathology Board Certificates from the American Board of Pathology.

Bill Martinez

Technical Director

In his work for LifeSouth Bill provides leadership for technical operations such as the Immunohematology Reference and QC laboratories. Bill earned a Baccalaureate degree in Medical Technology from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida, and a Certificate in Lean / Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University. Bill is also certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a specialist in blood banking (SBB). Before coming to Gainesville, he was Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy.

Matthew Montgomery, M.D.

Medical Director

Medical Director

Hospitals We Serve


Athens-Limestone Hospital
Atmore Community Hospital
Baptist Medical Center-East
Baptist Medical Center-Prattville
Baptist Medical Center-South
Barbour Medical Center
Bullock County Medical Center
Children’s’ Hospital of Alabama
Citizen’s Baptist
Community Hospital Tallassee
Coosa Valley Medical Center
Crenshaw Community Hospital
Cullman Regional Medical Center
Dale Medical Center
DCH Regional Medical Center
Decatur Morgan Hospital
EAMC-Lanier Medical Center
East Alabama Medical Center
Elmore Community Hospital
Evergreen Medical Center
Fayette Medical Center
Flowers Hospital
Georgiana Hospital
Grove Hill Memorial Hospital
Helen Keller Hospital
Huntsville Hospital
Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital
Jackson Hospital
Jackson Medical Center
Lake Martin Community Hospital
Lakeland Community Hospital
Lawrence Medical Center
Madison Hospital
Marshall Medical Center North
Marshall Medical Center South
Mizell Memorial Hospital
Mobile Infirmary
Monroe County Hospital
North Alabama Medical Center
North Baldwin Infirmary
Ocean Springs Hospital
Parkway Medical Center
Pickens County Medical Center
Princeton Baptist
Providence Hospital
Red Bay Hospital
Regional Medical Center Anniston
Russellville Hospital
Shelby Baptist
Shoals Hospital
Shoals Hospital
Singing River Hospital
Southeast Alabama Medical Center
Springhill Medical Center
Stringfellow Memorial Hospital
Tanner Medical Center
Thomas Hospital
Thomasville Regional Medical Center
UAB Hospital
University Hospital (formerly USA Medical Center)
USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital
Walker Baptist
Warm Springs Medical
Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center
Whitfield Memorial
Wiregrass Medical Center


Baptist Health – Beaches, South, Downtown, Nassau
Bayfront Health Brooksville
Bayfront Health Spring Hill
Citrus Memorial Hospital
Lake Butler Hospital / Hand Surgery Center
Lake City Medical Center
Lake City VA Medical Center
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
Memorial Hospital
Moffitt Cancer Center
North Florida Reception Center Hospital
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Oak Hill Hospital
Orange Park Medical Center
Putnam Community Medical Center
Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center
Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center
Shands Starke Regional Medical Center
South Georgia Medical Center
UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
UF Health Shands Hospital
Wolfson Children’s Hospital


Atlanta Medical Center
Atlanta Medical Center – South Campus
Atlanta VA Medical Center
Barrow Regional Medical Center
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Emory University Hospital
Emory University Hospital – Midtown
Grady Health System
Gwinnett Medical Center
Habersham Medical Center
Henry Medical Center
Higgins General Hospital
Martin Army Community Hospital
Medical Center of Central Georgia
Newton General Hospital
Northeast Georgia Medical Center
North Fulton Hospital
Northside Hospital
Northside Hospital – Forsyth
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
Piedmont Henry Hospital
Spalding Regional Medical Center
St. Francis-Emory Healthcare
Sylvan Grove Hospital
Warm Springs Medical Center
Wellstar Cobb Hospital
Wellstar Kennestone Hospital
West Georgia Medical Center

Affiliate Programs

LifeSouth Community Foundation

The LifeSouth Community Foundation is dedicated to creating the next Donation Generation. We have educated more than 125,000 K-12 students, and we look forward to teaching many more about the science and importance of blood donation.

For information on how to bring LifeSouth’s Donation Generation program to a classroom near you, please email rnpolitowicz@lifesouth.org

Cord Blood Bank

LifeSouth established a public cord blood bank program in 1998, which was the first of its kind in the Southeast. LifeSouth’s Cord Blood Bank is FDA licensed and collects umbilical cord blood from newborns at 12 hospitals in the three states we service. To date, the stem cells from our collections were used for 200 transplants in 29 states and 17 foreign countries.

Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB)

specialist in blood banking

The LifeSouth Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) certificate program is an independent, educational program offering training in all aspects of blood banking and transfusion medicine including: blood collection, product manufacturing, transfusion medicine practice, immunohematology, specialized laboratory testing, quality systems, process control, education, and management. The curriculum and rotations are designed to improve your knowledge and technical abilities, preparing you to advance your career and successfully pass the ASCP SBB accreditation exam.

The comprehensive lectures and materials are provided by skilled faculty members and regularly reviewed for quality and accuracy. The program is designed to be completed remotely. Students may complete the required clinical experience and rotations through LifeSouth or at local, approved facilities.

Students who successfully complete the LifeSouth SBB program with a grade average of at least 80% may be eligible for course credit in the University of Texas Medical Branch Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine program. Visit www.utmb.edu for more information.

The LifeSouth program is provisionally accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Full accreditation is expected by Summer 2021.

Visit lifesouthsbb.org for up to date information.



Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university including biology and chemistry courses.

Three years of full-time clinical experience as a Medical Technologist in blood banking at a CLIA-accredited laboratory. These three years of experience must be acquired after the baccalaureate degree.

Valid certification as Medical Technologist / CLS by a National accreditation body.

Length of the program

Twelve months, starting in June.

Clinical Rotations

LifeSouth SBB students must complete clinical, technical, and administrative rotations as assigned. LifeSouth can arrange rotations at sites in Florida and Georgia, or the student may arrange rotations at local sites with approval.


All students receive and have access to a Student Handbook that covers the policies and procedures of the program.

Criteria for completion and graduation

Students must:

· Maintain an average of >75% on all module exams and >80% on the midterm and final exams.

· Complete clinical, technical and administrative rotations as assigned.


The cost of the program is $5,000 per year, paid in two installments.

To request an application packet, or if you have any questions, please contact Bill Martinez, gamartinez@lifesouth.org.

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LifeSouth Community Foundation Scholarship Award

The LifeSouth Community Foundation is proud to award $500 scholarships to graduating senior students who help coordinate and promote at least one successful LifeSouth blood drive between August 1 and April 30 of their senior year.

General Information

  • Student applicants will help recruit donors and help coordinate at least one blood drive. During the 2020-21 school year, it may be a drive on the school campus or a community-based drive.
  • Student must be in their senior year of high school at an accredited state educational facility and graduate on time at the end of their senior year.
  • Students will work with their school administration and LifeSouth to organize and promote the blood drive(s).
  • Students are encouraged to use their leadership skills and creative means to publicize the need for blood donations.
  • Student must utilize the scholarship to continue their education starting in the fall semester following graduation at an accredited 2-year, 4-year or professional trade school. Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the educational institution that the student designates.
  • Applications are accepted throughout the school year until April 30.
  • Apply here
  • Contact Robin Politowicz at rnpolitowicz@lifesouth.org with any questions.

Our Reports

Our Board

Our Board

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. This group of dedicated community leaders provides crucial guidance that enables us to fulfill our mission. Local Advisory Councils from each region elect a representative to the board. Their support and assistance is invaluable to the success of our mission.

Owen Bailey

Reeves Byrd Jr.

James Kelly Jr., CPA

Ronald Spitznagel, EdD

Jeremy Blair

Michael Briddell

Gary Brooks

Dan Bundy

Michael Corrigan Jr.

Avis Craig

F. Kayser Enneking, MD

Kristi Fultz-Butts




Michael Lukowski, MD

Tonya Raines

Jeff Rains

Michael Reinhardt 

Carl Smith

Rob Smith

Rick Staab

Luke Standeffer

Joe Stough III

Wendi Taylor

Jansen Voss, JD

Merrick Wilson

Contact Us:

For hours and locations, click here.

Call us with any questions you may have about appointments, eligibility and more at 1-888-795-2707.

For press inquiries, contact Brite Whitaker.

For Cord Blood Bank information contact us here.

Any other comments, questions or concerns email us here.