Blog Post: Dalton office now open on Saturdays
October 14th, 2013
Blood Assurance’s Dalton Location Expands Hours
Blood Assurance, the non-profit regional blood center for the Whitfield County area, will expand its hours to provide blood donors with additional opportunities to donate blood. Effective Oct. 19, Blood Assurance at 785 Shugart Road will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donors in Whitfield and surrounding counties can support the needs of the local hospitals by donating blood with Blood Assurance, which will process and test the donations then fulfill the orders from the hospitals based on blood type and specific patient needs. Donors need to be 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood.
To find a list of locations, please visit www.bloodassurance.org/locations.
Blog Post: Blood Donors Helping Patients in Boston
April 16th, 2013
Late yesterday afternoon, Blood Assurance was asked to ship 5 units of O- red cells to the Rhode Island Blood Center to replenish what they had sent to Boston area hospitals. (Rhode Island Blood Center supplies approximately 10% of the hospitals in Boston.)
O- is the universal blood type that is used in emergency situations when a patient’s blood type is unknown.
We were fortunate that our supply was adequate enough to ship these donations. Typically in emergency situations, it is faster for blood centers to reach out to other blood centers for donations that are already on the shelves due to the time involved in collecting, testing and shipping new donations.
We are seeking five O- donors at Blood Assurance to replenish the donations we shipped in order to maintain consistency with our local blood supply. As always, our first commitment is to ensure an adequate supply at the local level and we are thankful for our gracious donors who made it possible for us to help during yesterday’s event.
We will let you know if we are asked to send additional units.
If you would like to donate blood, please call 1-800-962-0628.
Donor Network Coming to Tullahoma
April 9th, 2013
The Tullahoma area is getting its very own life-saving network. The Blood Assurance Donor Network is a bloodmobile that will be based at the Blood Assurance donor center, located at 1500 N. Jackson Street, and travel throughout the region to be used at blood drives.
Smaller than the other vehicles in the Blood Assurance fleet, the Donor Network is ideal for blood drives at smaller companies, churches and civic groups, which play an instrumental role in ensuring an adequate blood supply for local patients.
Blood Assurance is the only provider of blood donations for all area hospitals, including Harton Regional Medical Center. Each day, a minimum of 400 donations are needed to meet the needs of local hospitals.
The Donor Network’s design features the regional blood center’s social media sites and donors are encouraged to follow Blood Assurance online to learn more. To visit Blood Assurance’s Facebook page, go to www.facebook.com/bloodassurance.