LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is a not-for-profit blood bank incorporated in Florida. LifeSouth is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida and serves over 100 hospitals in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. It has formerly been known as Civitan Regional Blood Centers. In 1974, hospitals were in critical need of volunteer blood donors after the FDA curtailed the practice of paying donors for blood donations. Gainesville, Fla. hospitals (Alachua General Hospital, UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center) all agreed that a non-profit community blood center was the answer and made an appeal to all local civic organizations. The Gainesville Civitan Club was the only organization that agreed to take on this task. Members backed a loan with their own money to start what they called Civitan Regional Blood Center – today known as LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. For the past 40 years, LifeSouth has grown at the request of hospitals in need of a community blood supplier. LifeSouth now has 30 donor centers, 40 bloodmobiles, hosts 2,000 blood drives a month and is a proud partner of more than 100 hospitals in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.