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John Armitage, M.D., CEO

Dr. John Armitage serves as the chief executive officer for Arkansas Blood Institute, part of the sixth largest non-profit blood collector in America. Prior to joining Arkansas Blood Institute in 2007, Dr. John Armitage led blood center operations in Roanoke, VA, Johnstown, PA, and New Brunswick, NJ. He began his blood banking career as a medical officer for the American Red Cross in Charlotte, NC.

He holds a medical doctorate from Duke University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in history) from Yale University. He received his training in transfusion medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and [Carter] BloodCare in Dallas, TX.

He is founder and chairman of the board for Global Blood Fund, the world’s premier charity addressing disparities in transfusion care that kill hundreds of thousands of people in resource poor communities each year.  He is a recidivist innovator, originating such programs as Thank the Donor™, Share Thanks™, Bio-Linked™, Donor ReDirect™ and Faith in Blood™. He serves with a variety of blood banking and community organizations.

Dr. Armitage is a member of the advisory boards of United Way of Central Oklahoma and LifeShare of Oklahoma.

He is a donor of whole blood and plateletpheresis units, coordinator for All Souls’ Episcopal Church’s blood drives.

Media Inquiries

Our Community Relations staff is available 24 hours a day to respond to media inquiries.  Contact Valerie Trammell, Community Relations Director, at 405-615-3851 or valerie.trammell@obi.org with questions or to schedule an interview.
(For marketing solicitations or other solicitations, please email our team.)
Donor concerns or questions? Please call 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. 

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.

POST DONATION INQUIRES

For all other inquiries, please contact 405-419-1354 or customerservice@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 Valerie Trammell, Community Relations Director, at 405-615-3851 or valerie.trammell@obi.org with questions or to schedule an interview.
(For marketing solicitations or other solicitations, please email our team.)  Donor concerns or questions should be directed to our Customer Service team at 1-877-340-8777 or customerservice@obi.org.

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.

Schedule An Appointment!

Rise Up and Give, Today!

Donors receive choice of Rise Up & Give T-shirt Donate thru April 30 to receive a Rise Up & Give t-shirt. Fort Smith area donors will also receive one adult admission to National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum! Make your appointment!

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Rise Up and Give, Today!

Donors receive choice of Rise Up & Give T-shirt Donate thru April 30 to receive a Rise Up & Give t-shirt!

Rise Up and Give, Today!

Arkansas Blood Institute is encouraging donors to rise up and give! Each donor will receive their choice of Rise Up & Give T-shirt.  Donors in the Fort Smith area will also receive one adult admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, April 1 through April 30.

“Nearly a year of the COVID-19 pandemic has put incredible strain on the blood supply,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Whether they’re fighting cancer or a blood disorder, or overcoming trauma, patients in our community hospitals depend on blood every day. Patients are the reason we’re asking anyone and everyone who is able to donate blood or plasma to ‘rise up and give’ as often as they can.”  Donors receive choice of Rise Up & Give T-shirts.  Fort Smith area donors receive one adult admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Individuals aged sixteen and up are urged to give blood.

Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Masks are required. Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives. Appointments are encouraged for social distancing, and can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777, or clicking here to find a blood drive near you.

Or you can stop by one of our donor centers in:

Fort Smith
Hot Springs
Little Rock
North Little Rock
Russellville

*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. Photo ID required.  Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations.

Voucher Request



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  • Fort Smith area donors must have a successful blood donation between March 15, 2021 - April 30, 2021 to qualify for a free entry voucher.* It may take up to 48 hours for your donation to be entered into our system.
  • You should have received your voucher redemption code at the time of your donation or in a post-donation email.
  • In order to receive your voucher, please log in or create your donor profile at yourbloodinstitute.org and ensure your primary email address is correct.
  • It will take about an hour for the voucher to be emailed to you after you redeem your code, provided you have a valid email in your online donor profile.
  • Your voucher will be sent as an email attachment. If you don't see it, please check your spam or junk folders and/or ensure that your primary email is correct in your donor profile and repeat the process.
  • After completing these steps, if you still have trouble retrieving your voucher, please fill out the Voucher Help Request Form below.
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Voucher Request Form

NOTE: If you go through the steps above and still have trouble receiving your voucher, please fill out this form.
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*Voucher is valid for one-time use for entry to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. It is valid on any one 2021 regularly scheduled operating day before 5 p.m. through December 31, 2021. May not be used with any other offer. May not be used toward the purchase of a museum membership. Not valid for special events. Ticket has NO cash value. Must complete a short questionnaire at time of redemption. Please check nationalcowboymuseum.org for dates and hours of operation.

Bob Grant