Brad Bryan

Brad Bryan is president and CEO of Houchin Community Blood Bank

Houchin Community Blood Bank said Tuesday it will expand to Santa Clarita as part of a push to serve new regions beyond Kern County.

The Bakersfield-based organization said it will operate in the northern Los Angeles County city under the name West Coast Blood Center of Santa Clarita.

Houchin also unveiled a new umbrella entity called West Coast Blood services, which is said will "leverage Houchin’s expertise in operations and community engagement to serve new regions beyond Kern County so that more people can give blood, platelets and plasma to save lives in their communities."

President and CEO Brad Bryan said in a news release the expansion won't be Houchin's last.

"Houchin is still the same organization, with the same commitment to supporting our local community," he wrote. "We now have a sister organization just over the Grapevine serving the Santa Clarita Valley and throughout Los Angeles County.”

“We will continue to expand in innovative ways into new areas," he continued, "and always keep our focus of saving lives through blood donations in the communities we serve because when you give, people live.”

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