Carter BloodCare 
Intermediate level

Lean Six Sigma in a large blood program

Blood component production and mobile staging
Wednesday, Oct. 19 Location Code
12:35pm-3:35pm Carter BloodCare WT/04


See how lean methodologies allow Carter BloodCare to serve 54 Texas counties and process 1,000 units of blood each day. 


This tour will showcase lean methodologies in two major activities of the blood center:

  1. Each day, approximately 30 mobile blood drives are held throughout North Texas. Each blood drive has a projected number of donors, which require various pieces of equipment and materials. The lean tools implemented were 5S workplace organization, visual controls and inventory control through minimum/maximum level.
  2. Approximately 1,000 units of blood are collected daily. Each of these units must be processed within eight hours of collection through the blood center's component production area. The lean tools implemented were batch size reduction, cellular layout and 5S workplace organization.


Carter BloodCare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that operates on behalf of patients and their loved ones in 54 Texas counties. Carter BloodCare was formed in 1998 through the merger of BloodCare in Dallas and Carter Blood Center located in Fort Worth. In April of 2007, Carter BloodCare announced a merger with Tyler-based Stewart Regional Blood Center. Carter BloodCare is Texas' largest blood center, providing more than 330,000 units of lifesaving blood components for patients annually.  Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood components and transfusion services for approximately 300 Texas health care facilities. These facilities include our region's children's hospitals, central trauma centers, major cancer centers, and transplant centers. Carter BloodCare also provides specialized laboratory and patient care services and physician consultation. Carter BloodCare participates in the education of professionals in transfusion medicine and medical technologists specializing in blood banking.

Carter BloodCare is guided by the philosophy that community blood donations should benefit community patients, and that blood centers must be responsive to the community that supports them. Carter BloodCare's board of directors is made of local leaders, including medical professionals, hospital administrators, business and civic leaders. Our highest priority is meeting the needs of the community.

Restrictions / Requirements

To participate in a tour, all attendees must adhere to and respect the tour hosts' restrictions and requirements.
Non-adherence may exclude you from a tour.

  • No cell phones
  • No recording devices
  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)