Marsh Regional Has Critical Need For O-Negative Blood
Heading Into Labor Day Weekend
Marsh Regional Blood Center is experiencing a critical need
for donors with the O-negative blood type as the Labor Day holiday weekend
Don Campbell, Marsh Regional’s director, said a recent surge
in usage of O-negative blood by some medical facilities in Northeast Tennessee
and Southwest Virginia has created an urgent need for an increased supply of
this blood type.
O-negative blood is extremely important for medical
facilities because that type can be used in any person’s body.
Because of the Labor Day holiday, Marsh Regional’s donor
centers will not be open on Monday, but many residents in the region will be
participating in activities to celebrate this special weekend. Some of these
activities carry with them the potential for injuries that might require a
significant amount of blood to treat.
“So we are asking anyone in the area who has O-negative
blood and is able to donate to please consider sharing the gift of life,”
Campbell said. “This region has always risen to the occasion when we have had a
need before, and a visit to one of our donor centers or a blood drive this week
will have a profound impact on our ability to ensure an adequate blood supply
to treat our friends and neighbors in this region.”
One excellent opportunity to help will be on Thursday, Aug.
29, and Friday, Aug. 30, at a drive in memory of the late Dr. Daniel Klinar.
The event will be held at the emergency department annex of Holston Valley Medical Center and the Julia Davis
Collection Center, 102 E. Ravine Road. The hours are noon-7:30 p.m. at Holston
Valley and 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the collection center on Thursday and 7:30
a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the hospital and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the center on Friday.
Donors are also welcome to visit the donor center in
Bristol, 1996 W. State St.
Other blood drives this week are as follows:
- Thursday, Aug. 29, 8-11 a.m., Eastman Credit Union, Wilcox
- Thursday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-noon, Eastman Credit Union,
Meadowview Lane, Kingsport
- Thursday, Aug. 29, 1-4 p.m., American Electric Power,
- Thursday, Aug. 29, 3-7 p.m., First Baptist Church, Weber
- Friday, Aug. 30, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sullivan South High
For more than 60 years, Marsh Regional has supplied blood to
healthcare facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. As many as
three lives may be saved each time a person donates blood, and all donations
stay local to help people in this region.
To donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years old,
weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. People with a cold, sore
throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or who are taking antibiotics may not
donate. Donors should eat a balanced meal before giving blood.
For more information, please call 423-224-5888 or visit www.marshblood.com.