The boards of directors for OneBlood Inc., the nonprofit blood center serving Florida as well as areas of South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, and for Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Inc. (CBCC), the nonprofit blood center that operates in the Carolinas, have approved a letter of intent for CBCC to become part of OneBlood through a merger.

The merger is expected to take place in early 2019.

“CBCC’s decision to join forces with OneBlood will create additional alignment of the blood supply in the southeastern United States and further ensure a safe, available and affordable blood supply for our hospital partners and their patients,” said George Scholl, president and CEO of OneBlood.

“Merging with OneBlood is the right thing to do for our community and the merger will provide opportunity to expand our lifesaving services in the Carolinas,” said Martin Grable, president and CEO of Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.

The merged organization is projected to distribute more than 1.1 million blood products annually, service more than 250 hospitals, and employ close to 2,500 people.