The American Red Cross has changed its Northeast Ohio Region to the Northern Ohio Region, following a national territorial realignment.

As part of the five-chapter restructure, the Red Cross will transition from 263 to 235 chapters, and from 58 to 50 regions nationally. The realignment initiative will align biomedical and humanitarian services geographies across the country to embrace the organization’s "One Red Cross" strategy.

The new Northern Ohio Region will expand from 22 counties to 31 counties.

The Northern Ohio Region will be comprised of the following communities:

American Red Cross of Heartland, Stark and Muskingum Lakes will include Ashland, Carroll, Harrison, Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties.

The newly formed chapter will be headquartered on the Goodwill Community Campus in Canton at 408 Ninth Street SW.

Kim Kroh will serve as the chapter executive director.

American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio includes Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties. The new chapter will be headquartered in Cleveland.

American Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley includes Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties. The new chapter will be headquartered in Akron.

American Red Cross of North Central Ohio will include Erie, Hancock, Huron, Lorain. Putnam, Seneca and Wyandot counties. The new chapter will be headquartered in Findlay.

American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio will include Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties, as well as Monroe County in Michigan. The new chapter will be headquartered in Toledo.

"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," Mike Parks, Regional CEO of the Northern Ohio Region said in s a statement. "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."

Learn more by visiting the regional blog at and by following the Northern Ohio Region on Facebook at, on Twitter at @RedCrossNOH, on Instagram at @NOHRedCross and on LinkedIn at