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Dr. Rick Axelrod to retire from LifeStream Blood Bank

August 31, 2023

CONTACT: Dina Colunga
Public Relations Specialist
Phone: 909.885.6503 ext. 312
Dr. Rick Axelrod to retire from LifeStream Blood Bank
    SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF – Dr. Rick Axelrod, MD, MBA, President/CEO and Medical Director for LifeStream Blood Bank, will retire from his position on Sept. 18, 2023. Dr. Axelrod joined the organization in June 2004 when it was known as the Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, with 275 employees serving 33 hospitals in two counties.
    During his 19-year career, the organization has grown to include 425 employees serving 80 hospitals in six counties, added five blood donation centers, two distribution centers, doubled the volume of its reference laboratory business, added new programs for stimulated granulocytes, stem cell and dendreon collections and a therapeutic apheresis program serving patients in the entire Southern California region.
    During his tenure, Dr. Axelrod has been a vital part of the blood community at both the local and national levels. He has served as the primary voting industry representative for the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee for Blood Safety and Availability, vice president, secretary and treasurer on the Board of Directors for America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and secretary on the Board of Directors for Blood Centers of California.
    Locally, Dr. Axelrod has served as chairman on the Board of Directors for Desert Regional Medical Center, chairman on the Board of Directors for Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
    In 2017, Dr. Axelrod received the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award from California State University, San Bernardino, as Nonprofit Executive of the Year. He received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. He completed his fellowship in transfusion medicine at Cedars-Sinai
Medical Center and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Dr. Axelrod plans to continue working as a medical director in Southern California.

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