The American Red Cross is reorganizing its regional leadership, removing the Wichita-based Central Plains Region CEO and having the Midwest Region CEO based in Omaha take on those responsibilities.
Central Plains Region CEO Terri Dunaway will leave her current position and is considering other options within the Red Cross, according Laurie Nehring, Red Cross spokeswoman.
The position will be covered by Tricia Quinn, CEO for the Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region, based in Omaha. Quinn will continue to live in Omaha but will travel to Wichita for business.
“We will have a smaller number of divisions and fewer leadership teams at the local level to cover the areas where we collect and distribute blood and blood products, but these internal changes will have no effect on the high quality service we provide to hospitals and the Red Cross blood donors,” Nehring wrote in an e-mail.
The move is part of a cost-saving measure “to address these tough economic conditions that are affecting the entire blood banking industry,” Nehring said.
It’s unclear how many other positions will be affected by the reorganization.
The organization will continue to make operational changes into next year, Nehring said.
According to the Red Cross’ website, Dunaway was named CEO in June 2010 and has been with the Red Cross for more than 20 years.
The Central Plains region serves Kansas and northern Oklahoma. The Midwest region covers Nebraska, western Iowa and parts of Colorado and Kansas.
Red Cross services to the public will not be affected by the changes, Nehring said.