• Marsh Regional Blood Center

    Give here. Help here.

    By donating blood, you can make a tremendous difference in someone’s life – possibly multiple “someones.”

    In fact:

          As many as three lives can be saved every time you donate blood.

    Marsh Regional Blood Center encourages you to give here in your local community. The blood you donate through Marsh is used to meet local needs.  So when you, your family, friends or neighbors need blood it will come from local Marsh donors.

    That’s why Marsh’s mantra is “Give here. Help here.”

    What is Marsh Regional?

    For almost 70 years, Marsh Regional has been the largest hometown supplier of blood and blood products in Northeast TN and Southwest VA.

    It all started when Marsh established the area’s first hospital-based blood bank in Kingsport in 1947. Since then, Marsh’s mission has been to collect and maintain blood supplies for this community.

    Marsh Regional has steadily grown and today supplies 16 medical facilities and 4 cancer centers, all being located in Northeast Tenn. and Southwest Va.  It is the sole provider of blood to Bristol, Sullivan and Carter Counties in Tenn. and several counties in Virginia.

    Who can donate blood?

    To donate blood to Marsh Regional you must be:

    • At least 17 years old
    • Weigh 110 pounds or more
    • Be in good health the day you donate

    If you have a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or taking antibiotics, you won’t be able to donate.

    Learn more about giving blood here.

    Are you a high school student?

    You can help too!

    Each year, Marsh Regional awards educational grants and scholarships to high schools and students in the Tri-Cities and surrounding region.

    Marsh also recognizes high school students for their contributions through the Honor Cord Program.

    Read more about the scholarship opportunities Marsh offers high school blood donors.

    Become a platelet donor.

    In addition to giving blood, you can also save lives by donating platelets, the blood component that causes clotting.

    Platelets are used in treating:

    • Trauma patients
    • Surgery patients
    • Cancer patients
    • Leukemia patients
    • Aplastic anemia patients
    • Those with other diseases that suppress the body’s ability to produce platelets

    One platelet donation contains 8 to 10 times more platelets than a regular blood donation.

    Because platelets can be used for transfusion for only five days after donation, there is a continuous need for donors.

    And since your body replaces them within 24 hours, you can donate platelets every 72 hours – as many as 24 times each year.

    Learn about giving blood platelets.

    Where can I find out more?

    You can read more about Marsh Regional, find a blood collection center, learn how to host a blood drive at your organization and more on the marshblood.com website.

    Won’t you give blood here, so together we can continue to help people here at home?

  • Learn more about blood donation

    Did you know?

    Blood facts you might not have heard:

    • Someone needs blood every 2 seconds.
    • More than 4.5 million Americans could die each year without blood transfusions.
    • Donors can donate blood every 56 days.
    • Only 60% of donors give blood just once a year.
    • There is no substitute for human blood.
    • Only 5% of the U.S. population donates blood.