Cook County Home to Nation’s First Blood Bank

The Cook County Hospital Blood Bank, the first blood bank established in the United States, opened on March 15, 1937 under the leadership of Dr. Bernard Fantus. The medical innovations driven by Dr. Fantus spread nationally and internationally and made modern surgery as we know it possible. Today, nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year and there are more 15.7 million blood donations at blood banks around the country.

Learn more about the history of the Cook County blood bank in this feature by Through the Decades . 

Nation's First Blood Bank