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John Armitage, M.D., CEO

Prior 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.

Media Inquiries

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 heather.browne@obi.org with questions or to schedule an interview.
(For marketing solicitations or other solicitations, please email our team.)

Contact Us

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FORT SMITH

5300 South U Street, 72903
479-431-5900

HOT SPRINGS

149 Section Line Road, Suite G. 71913
501-624-0666

LITTLE ROCK

101 S. Shackleford Rd., Suite 2, 72211
501-904-4500

NORTH LITTLE ROCK

4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 6, 72116
501-508-8688

RUSSELLVILLE

1003 West Main, 72801
479-890-2500

APPOINTMENTS & CONCERNS

Please contact our Customer Service team at 1-877-340-8777 or customerservice@obi.org to schedule an appointment or to speak to a customer service representative. Click here to look up your donor ID.

POST DONATION INQUIRES

For all other inquiries, please contact 405-419-1354 or donorquestions@obi.org.

POST DONATION ILLNESS

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.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

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 heather.browne@obi.org with questions or to schedule an interview.
(For marketing solicitations or other solicitations, please email our team.)

HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL STAFF ONLY

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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Arkansas Blood Institute Thanks & Recognizes Those Who Serve

November, 2018 ─  Arkansas Blood Institute invites military supporters to recognize the brave individuals who serve our country this Veterans Day by making a life-saving blood donation.

On Monday, November 12, the day our nation observes Veterans Day, donors who give blood at any Arkansas Blood Institute donor center will have the opportunity to write a letter of gratitude to an active military serviceperson to ensure that those who serve know their sacrifices are appreciated.  Donors will also receive camouflage arm wraps to mark the importance of Veterans Day.*

Arkansas Blood Institute has five donor center locations statewide:
Fort Smith, 5300 South “U”
Hot Springs, 149 Section Line Road, Suite G
Little Rock, 101 South Shackleford Road, Suite 2
North Little Rock, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 6
Russellville, 1003 West Main

Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to providing life-saving blood necessary to treat our nation’s veterans and active service members. 

Arkansas Blood Institute proudly supplies blood products to VA medical centers in Little Rock, Oklahoma City, OK, Muskogee, OK, and Amarillo, TX.  In just the last year, Arkansas Blood Institute has also fulfilled orders for four branches of the U.S. military at the following installations: Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City; Langley AFB in Hampton, VA; Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS; Elemendorf-Richardson AFB in Anchorage, AK; Lackland AFB and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX; Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, NC; and the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. 

Military installations in Arkansas, including Little Rock AFB and Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith, and National Guard bases, also help ensure an adequate blood supply for hospitals in the region by hosting regular blood drives.

“Our dedicated volunteer donors, many of whom are veterans of war and active military members, know the importance of giving blood regularly,” said John Armitage, president & CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute.  “We deeply value the heroes who served, or are currently serving, our country.  Providing blood to our military is not only our duty, but we are proud to make it a critical part of our life-saving mission.”

Blood can be donated every 56 days, platelets can be given as often as every 7 days up to 24 times a year, and plasma can be donated every 28 days.  Each blood donation can save up to three lives. Donors may forgo their t-shirt and funds will be donated to Global Blood Fund.

Through the work of Global Blood Fund, Arkansas Blood Institute helps to strengthen blood programs for U.S. allies around the world.  Donated equipment and training give America’s friends in places such as Laos and Cambodia greater capabilities to respond to civilian and military injuries from terrorist or foreign attacks.

Arkansas Blood Institute is part of the nation’s 6th largest, independent, nonprofit blood collector.  Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or clicking here.

*To donate blood, 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

Hero Blood Donors Help Save Boy’s Life

Jose Mitchell, age 5, was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after he was adopted by a special new family. 

Now cancer-free, he used blood and platelets from our super hero donors during his two-year battle with the disease.

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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. 

“It’s obvious that we love our football here in Arkansas,” said Paulette Nieuwenhof, Executive Director of Arkansas Blood Institute. “But saving the lives of our neighbors and friends through blood donation is what really defines the spirit of our community.”

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
North Little Rock
Russellville

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 40 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

 

Bob Grant