Our Mission

The UCLA Blood & Platelet Center is commited to providing potent, pure, and safe blood components for our patients. 

Our History

About us

In 1975, the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center opened its doors for the first time. We are responsible for providing a healthy blood component supply for patients at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, and the Santa Monica UCLA Hospital.

The UCLA Blood & Platelet Center collects approximately 60,000 donations per year. These donations yield about 75% of the blood and platelets transfused to our patients.

Our donors play an essential role in assuring that critical care can be provided without delay or cancellation. Some of the areas we support are:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Neonatology
  • Pediatric and Adult Surgery
  • Organ Transplant
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • OncologyTrauma/Emergency

As the need for blood is never-ending to support live saving procedures and to safeguard the health of our patients, please donate today!

A message from our Medical Directors

On behalf of the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center, I would like to thank you for your past donation with our center. No words can aptly capture the gift you have given by donating blood and blood components for our UCLA patients. 

Although the pandemic is improving in our region, there is still a need for blood as hospital demands continue to outpace donations. There is a severe blood shortage affecting our center and blood suppliers across the nation such as American Red Cross. The shortage is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

UCLA patients remain in dire need of life-saving blood products and immediate action is necessary to avoid negative effects to patients. While we recognize that our lives are returning to pre-pandemic activities, we respectfully ask that you donate blood and encourage your friends and family to donate to support patients in our community.

Please donate whole blood or apheresis platelets at one of our centers or mobile sites.  You may schedule your appointment online at https://www.uclahealth.org/gotblood/ or by calling 310-825-0888, select option 2.

Thank you again for donating with the Blood and Platelet Center and supporting UCLA patients. We hope to see you soon.


Dawn Ward MD
Medical Director
UCLA Blood & Platelet Center

Alyssa Ziman MD
Medical Director
Transfusion Medicine

Learn more about the donation process through this informational video, courtesy of My Local Buzz TV. Thank you and enjoy!