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John Armitage, M.D., CEO

John Armitage,MD,CEOPrior to joining ABI in 2007, Dr. John Armitage led the Appalachian Blood Services Region (the American Red Cross center in Roanoke, VA), the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region (the Red Cross center in Johnstown, PA), and New Jersey Blood Services (New York Blood Center’s operation in New Brunswick, NJ).

Additionally, he served in progressively responsible positions as Medical Officer, Medical Director, and Chief Medical Officer for the Carolinas Blood Services Region (the Red Cross center in Charlotte, NC) and the Appalachian Region.

He received his training in transfusion medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and [Carter] BloodCare in Dallas, TX. He has degrees from Duke University School of Medicine (M.D.) and Yale University (B.A. in History).

His primary area of interest is donor recruitment, on which subject he has multiply published and presented internationally. In 2005-2006, he was President of the Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals, the premier professional organization for blood recruiters. He has also published research in epidemiology, coagulation, infectious disease, and immunology.

He is proud to be a multi-gallon O-negative whole blood and double red cell donor. He has also given over 60 plateletpheresis donations. He hopes to be a patient’s match and provide a bone marrow (peripheral blood stem/progenitor cell) donation in the future. He also claims, by proxy, partial credit for the 800+ units collected through blood drives originated and coordinated by his amazing wife, Catherine.

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If you should become ill or feel your blood is not safe for transfusion, please call 1-800-375-7654. If your symptoms worsen markedly, seek urgent care.


Our Community Relations staff is available 24 hours a day to respond to media inquiries.  Contact Heather Browne, Marketing & Media Manager, at 405-419-1330 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions or to schedule an interview.


Our Medical Directors are board certified in Transfusion Medicine and are available 24/7 for consultation on routine and difficult cases. For patient related services contact the therapeutic apheresis specialist on call at 800-375-8778.

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Helping Those Hit By Harvey

Help Blood Center Employees Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Text BLOOD to 91011 to make a donation

**All donations are tax deductible and 100% net proceeds go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort.**

Global Blood Fund (GBF), with support from Arkansas Blood Institute, has launched a Hurricane Harvey Emergency Relief Text-to-Give campaign in collaboration with Blood Centers of America (BCA) collectors. This Text-to-Give campaign was created to lend financial support to our colleagues at blood centers in Houston and Beaumont who have been adversely affected by catastrophic flooding.  

To make a donation to the Hurricane Harvey Emergency Relief Fund, simply text “BLOOD” to 91011. 

You will receive a return text with a link. Click the link and follow the instructions, and make your donation by using PayPal, or entering a credit or debit card number. You choose the amount you wish to give. 

In all, nearly 125 employees at blood centers in the region hit by Hurricane Harvey have been personally affected.  They have lost their homes or vehicles, and some are unable to return to work while displaced.

One Houston-area blood center employee described the terrifying night when floodwaters destroyed her home.  She says her daughter woke up in the middle of the night to find herself in ankle-deep water. Scared, cold and crying, they rushed from the house, where the water was rising frighteningly quickly.  

She described the experience: “We had to pack only what we could. All my stuff was ruined, and I thought first to grab a uniform and my stethoscope because I knew we would have to be out there as soon as we could to save lives. I have cried, I have thanked God for our lives, and with so much I have already seen with us all pulling together I know it will be tough, but we will rebuild. The storm has brought us all together as one. We are Houston Strong!”

To read her entire story, in her own words, please click here.

All funds given through the Hurricane Harvey Emergency Relief Fund from now until October 15 will be directed for distribution.  

“The BCA will create a steering committee for Hurricane Harvey Emergency Relief which will work with the leadership of the affected centers to fairly and effectively distribute 100% of the net donations,” said Bill Block, president and CEO of BCA. “Billy Weales, CEO of The Blood Center in New Orleans, has agreed to chair the HHER committee and will be able to bring his Hurricane Katrina recovery experiences to bear in the group’s deliberations and actions.” 

This article also appeared in the ABC Newsletter on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.


Go Hog Wild!

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Give Blood, Go “Hog Wild” This Fall

Arkansas Blood Institute is kicking off football season with this season’s new “Hog Wild” t-shirt, free for blood donors!  These limited edition t-shirts will be available throughout the fall.

Anyone who is healthy and 16 years old* or older can make a life-saving difference for their fellow Arkansans by giving blood. 

“Our love of football runs deep here in Arkansas,” said Paulette Nieuwenhof, Executive Director of Arkansas Blood Institute, “But saving the lives of our neighbors and friends through blood donation takes the definition of winning to a new level.”

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by clicking here to search for blood drives in your area or calling (877) 340-8777.

Or you can stop by one of our donor centers in:
Fort Smith
Hot Springs
Little Rock

As the region’s leading blood provider, Arkansas Blood Institute relies solely on volunteer blood donors to meet the needs of patients at more than 30 hospitals and medical facilities statewide, including all major hospitals in Central Arkansas.  There is no substitute for blood, and the donation process takes about an hour.  Blood can be donated every 56 days.  Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for gift cards and apparel in Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store, are also provided to donors.  If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, funds will be donated to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping secure supplies and bloodmobiles for blood centers in developing countries.

*16 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds


Call For Blood Donors

Information on how to help flooded areas

Unprecedented Flooding, Hurricane Harvey Prompt Immediate Need for Blood Donors

(Updated) August 28, 2017 ─ Catastrophic flooding in Houston and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are prompting Arkansas Blood Institute to issue an immediate call for blood donors of all blood types.  Blood centers in Houston and other affected areas are unable to collect blood, and Arkansas Blood Institute is taking part in the nationwide relief effort to help shore up the life-saving blood supply.

Arkansas Blood Institute has already sent 300 units of blood and 25 units of platelets to areas affected by flooding, and has been asked to provide 400 more units this week.  This can only be done if generous donors step up and become part of the disaster response. A major problem blood centers in Southeast Texas are facing is transporting blood to hospitals.  Arkansas Blood Institute is working with a Dallas-based blood center to help transport the blood to hospitals and patients who need it.

“Blood centers affected by this disaster could be shut down for days or weeks,” said John Armitage, M.D., President and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Arkansas Blood Institute is ready to help our neighbors dealing with this unprecedented flooding in Houston, and we know that we can count on our donors to make the commitment to give blood or platelets.”

Donors can give blood at Arkansas Blood Institute’s donor centers in Fort Smith at 5300 S. U Street; in Little Rock at 101 S. Shackleford Rd.; in Hot Springs at 149 Section Line Road, or at any mobile blood drive.

Arkansas Blood Institute is joining blood centers across the U.S. in the flood relief efforts, as part of AABB’s Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism, which ensures safe and adequate blood product inventories are in place at all times in preparation for disasters and assesses the need for collections and/or transportation of blood should a disaster occur.

Arkansas Blood Institute is part of the 9th largest, non-profit blood center in the United States.  It relies solely on volunteer blood donors each day to serve more than 30 hospitals and medical facilities statewide. 

Appointments to give blood aren’t required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or booking online.

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year-olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

Bob Grant