Realignment allows Red Cross to provide services efficiently, align with Blood Services
April 6, 2020- The American Red Cross announced today that its Northeast Ohio Region will now be known as the Northern Ohio Region, following a national territorial realignment. The new region will continue to be headquartered at 3747 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.
The realignment initiative will align Biomedical and Humanitarian Services geographies across the country to truly embrace the organization’s One Red Cross strategy.
As part of the new territorial realignment structure, the Red Cross will transition from 263 to 235 chapters and from 58 to 50 regions nationally. The new Northern Ohio Region will expand from 22 counties to 31 counties and will represent more than 5.3 million residents. While the new region will maintain a five-chapter structure, the geographic boundaries of the chapters, along with some chapter names, will change to better align people and resources to meet the needs of local communities and to ensure a chapter’s capacity to support blood collection.
“The American Red Cross is excited to announce the formation of the new Northern Ohio Region. This new territorial realignment is not a downsizing, but a structural adjustment to better serve our critical mission and represent our local communities,” stated Mike Parks, Regional CEO of the Northern Ohio Region. “Whether you are living in a county that is now joining our region or you are in a county that is merging with another chapter, I want to assure you that—as it was in the past and will continue to be in the future—the Red Cross will always be present and ready to serve your community. When disasters occur, the Red Cross will be there.”
The Northern Ohio Region will be comprised of the following communities:
- American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio: Representing Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties. The newly formed chapter will be headquartered in Cleveland (3747 Euclid Avenue) and Regional CEO Mike Parks will serve as the Chapter Executive Director.
- American Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley: Representing Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties. The newly formed chapter will be headquartered in Akron (501 West Market Street) and Rachel Telegdy will serve as the Chapter Executive Director.
- American Red Cross of Heartland, Stark and Muskingum Lakes: Representing Ashland, Carroll, Harrison, Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. The newly formed chapter will be headquartered in Canton (408 9th Street SW) and Kim Kroh will serve as the Chapter Executive Director.
- American Red Cross of North Central Ohio: Representing Erie, Hancock, Huron, Lorain. Putnam, Seneca and Wyandot counties. The newly formed chapter will be headquartered in Findlay (125 Fair Street) and Todd James will serve as the Chapter Executive Director.
- American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio: Representing Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties, as well as Monroe County in Michigan. The newly formed chapter will be headquartered in Toledo (1111 Research Drive) and Rachel Hepner-Zawodny will serve as the Chapter Executive Director.
For more information on the Northern Ohio Region, visit redcross.org/NOH.
You may also learn more by following the Northern Ohio Region on Facebook at Facebook.com/NOHRedCross, on Twitter at @RedCrossNOH, on Instagram at @NOHRedCross and on LinkedIn at Linkedin.com/in/NOHRedCross.