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Christopher Conard Serves as President of CBC/CTS Board of Directors


News Release

September 12, 2014



DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services (CBC/CTS) is making history again as it celebrates its 50th anniversary Sept. 14, 2014 as the Dayton region’s first central blood bank. CBC/CTS’s “50 Years of Saving Lives” legacy continues with new community leadership from Dayton attorney Christopher Conard, the first non-physician in the organization’s history to serve as president of the CBC/CTS Board of Directors.

Conard is an attorney with Coolidge Wall and has been a dedicated member of the CBC/CTS board and executive committee for 12 years. “Donating blood and tissue, in most cases to complete strangers, is truly giving the gift of life,” he said. “Donation is a selfless act of kindness where nothing is expected in return. By serving on the board of CBC/CTS, I have a unique and wonderful opportunity to help the organization continue its mission of saving and enhancing lives.”

Conard chairs Coolidge Wall’s Municipal Law Department and serves on the firm’s executive committee. He is the Village Solicitor for Yellow Springs and General Counsel to the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Special Improvement District. He is a University of Dayton and U.D. School of Law graduate and a former adjunct professor. Before joining Coolidge Wall he served as assistant Montgomery County defender and Deputy Director of the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office.

Conard is joined on the six-member CBC/CTS executive committee by newly-elected vice president Kathryn Tchorz, MD, a surgeon at the VA Medical Center. Dr. Tchorz has been a physician representative on the board for five years. Continuing as secretary is Matthew Graybill, COO of Dayton Children’s Medical Center and a 19-year board member.

Mark Shaw, VP & CRO at Premier Managed Care & Revenue Cycle and a 26-year board member, continues as treasurer. Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger, who served two years on the physician representative committee, joins the executive committee as an at-large member. Also joining the executive committee as a new at-large member is David E. Westcott, treasurer at AK Steel Corporation, who has served on the board for seven years as a community representative.

Community Blood Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary Sept. 14, 2014

A new era in patient care began Sept. 14, 1964 when Community Blood Center (CBC) opened the doors of the region’s first central blood bank in the basement of the Fidelity Medical Building in downtown Dayton. Mrs. Barbara Bartley of Dayton was the first of six donors that day. CBC now supplies blood to 25 partner hospitals in its 15-country region with the standard goal of registering at least 300 donors per day.

The Dayton Regional Tissue Bank was introduced in 1986 and later became Community Tissue Services. The Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research opened in Kettering in 2011, and is now an industry leader in the processing and distribution of bone and skin grafts for transplantation worldwide.

CBC/CTS has 572 employees with more than half the staff working in the Dayton region and the remainder in tissue branches across the country. On Sept. 14, 2014 CBC/CTS will celebrate its golden anniversary with pride, honoring all who have contributed to a now 50-year legacy of saving lives.

Reprinted with permission


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