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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.

Media Inquiries

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FORT SMITH

5300 South U Street, 72903
479-431-5900

LITTLE ROCK

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

APPOINTMENTS & CONCERNS

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POST DONATION INQUIRES

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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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions or to schedule an interview.

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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WEATHER ALERT- Tropical Storm Cindy: Arkansas Blood Institute Assists With Blood Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2017 ─ As Tropical Storm Cindy threatens millions of people throughout the Gulf Coast, Arkansas Blood Institute is answering a call for additional life-saving blood from centers that service the areas threatened by this powerful storm.

Arkansas Blood Institute immediately shipped more than 300 total units of blood to blood centers that serve New Orleans, other areas of Louisiana and parts of the Gulf Coast region in Texas.  The majority of the blood was sent to New Orleans, for critical needs in case of medical emergencies during the storm.

“It is not unusual for the Arkansas Blood Institute to be contacted when there are natural disasters in our country,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Because of the generosity of our own blood donors, we can provide blood to our neighbors when it’s needed.”

Arkansas Blood Institute depends solely on volunteer blood donors to serve more than 30 hospitals across the state, including all major hospitals in Little Rock.

Anyone age 16 and older, and in generally good health, can typically give blood.* To schedule an appointment to give blood, call 1-877-340-8777, or visit arkbi.org. Walk-ins are always welcome.

*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
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34th Annual M*A*S*H Bash is Friday, June 9 in Fort Smith

May 30, 2017 -  Salute the arrival of summer by giving blood with Arkansas Blood Institute, 5300 S. U Street, Friday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the 34th Annual M*A*S*H Bash.  Arkansas Blood Institute is now serving more major hospitals in the state, making it the natural choice for local medical facilities.

Those who are healthy and aged 16 or older* are encouraged to donate blood, and will receive collectors’ edition 34th Annual M*A*S*H Bash T-shirts. Donors who stop by Arkansas Blood Institute to celebrate the patriotic spirit of the classic TV show M*A*S*H will also get custom dog tags, a squeezie toy grenade, and other mementos symbolizing the era.  All donors receive free admission for two to the Oklahoma City Zoo.  In addition, they can text “ABIFORTSMITH” to 59925 for a chance to win a smart watch.** 

M*A*S*H Bash donors will enjoy free hamburgers or hot dogs with sides, health screenings and Donor Rewards Points, redeemable for merchandise and gift certificates at Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store. 

“Historically, summer has been a difficult time for the blood supply at local hospitals, because so many people are busy with vacations and activities,” said Terry Ridenour, vice president, Eastern Division, Arkansas Blood Institute.  “M*A*S*H Bash is a fun way to make sure our local hospitals are stocked with life-saving blood for the critical summer months.”

Arkansas Blood Institute’s volunteer donors provide every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 30 Arkansas hospitals, including all in the River Valley.  Since 1958, those needing blood in the area have counted on mobile blood drives and the Fort Smith donor center to ensure there is an adequate blood supply.

Appointments for #MASHBash34 are not required but can be made by calling Arkansas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or clicking here.

*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

**Applies to regular zoo admission only. Special engagements excluded. No other discounts may be used with this offer. No cash value. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Offer expires December 31, 2017. Smart watch drawing will happen in July; official smart watch drawing rules here.

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June 14 is World Blood Donor Day

June 2, 2017 - World Blood Donor Day is proclaimed on June 14 by the World Health Organization and AABB. World Blood Donor Day is recognized by hundreds of blood centers around the world, including Arkansas Blood Institute, ABI.

“We encourage everyone to acknowledge World Blood Donor Day with the selfless act of blood donation,” said John Armitage, M.D., Arkansas Blood Institute president and CEO.  “We seldom take time to think about the life-saving difference a secure blood supply makes.  Countries around the world and even other states in our nation are not as fortunate as we are to have loyal blood donors.”

Of those eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent give annually. Yet, people who are healthy and 16 years or older*, can typically donate. Blood can be given every 56 days. Arkansas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in some 33 medical facilities across the state.

Schedule your life-saving blood donation today at a donor center or mobile drive near you. 


However, any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving.  In turn, Arkansas Blood Institute, ABI will make a monetary donation of similar value to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity organization that procures blood center supplies to developing countries to maintain a safe blood supply. It’s a chance to ‘doubly give’ to those who need the life-saving gift of blood worldwide. Donors may also text “BLOOD” to 52000 to text $10 to Global Blood Fund.

Most recently, Global Blood Fund has donated remodeled bloodmobiles to Sri Lanka and Mexico, and is arranging to send bloodmobiles to four other countries so that donors who have never had access before can give blood.  In late May, blood bags and other center supplies were distributed in the country of Ghana in Africa.

* To give blood, 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.
For Text 2 Give terms and conditions, visit globalbloodfund.org/help/Text-2-Give.

Schedule your life-saving blood donation today at a donor center or mobile drive near you.

Text For Your Chance to Win a Smart Watch

Blood donors who save lives this summer have a chance to win a smart watch, simply by texting!

Text a code of the place where you gave blood to “59925” to be entered into the contest.  It’s easy!

A winner will be randomly chosen and announced at the end of July.

    If you donate in:
  • Hot Springs area, text “ABIHOTSPRINGS” to 59925
  • Fort Smith area, text “ABIFORTSMITH” to 59925
  • Little Rock area, text “ABILITTLEROCK” to 59925
  • Official Rules- Text and Win

    Arkansas Blood Institute is Now The Region’s Leading Blood Provider

    Little Rock, AR (May 8, 2017) – Arkansas Blood Institute, the state’s preferred blood services provider, is now serving more hospitals in Central Arkansas, including Baptist Health Medical Center, CHI St. Vincent, Arkansas Heart Hospital and all other major hospitals in Little Rock.

    “We are pleased to be the exclusive blood provider of 33 hospitals and medical facilities in Arkansas and look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with these hospitals and their communities,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Donors who give in Arkansas can be sure that their blood will save the lives of Arkansans.”

    Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to providing reliable, consistent, local service, making it the natural choice for hospitals.

    “Our first priority is to the people of Arkansas,” said Dr. Armitage. “As the blood bank of Arkansans, by Arkansans, and for Arkansans, we can ensure that the hospitals we serve will always have an adequate supply of life-saving blood products 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

    Arkansas Blood Institute maintains a three-to-five day blood supply at all times for local hospitals.  With donation and distribution centers in Little Rock, Hot Springs and Fort Smith, delivery of blood products occurs within minutes, rather than hours or even days. 

    “The need for blood is constant for emergencies as well as scheduled treatments,” said Paulette Nieuwenhof, Executive Director of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Arkansans are very dedicated, regular donors, and we know we can count on their continued support.”

    Arkansas Blood Institute has operated blood donation centers in Fort Smith and Hot Springs since 1958.  Its Little Rock donor center located at the corner of Shackleford and Markham opened in October 2015. Arkansas Blood Institute also holds dozens of mobile blood drives each month.

    “We are proud to be the region’s leading blood provider,” said Nieuwenhof. “We will work closely with our hospitals with just one goal in mind: saving lives.”

    From May 1 through June 30, each blood donor who gives with Arkansas Blood Institute will receive a ticket for entry to Magic Springs and Crystal Falls, Arkansas’ only Theme and Water Park.*  Donors will also receive a free “Keep it Local” t-shirt featuring a unique bison design.

    One blood donation saves up to three lives.  All healthy adults are encouraged to give blood.**  Appointments are not required, but they can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777 or clicking here.  More information can also be found on Arkansas Blood Institute’s Facebook page.

    *Magic Springs ticket good for one admission during normal operating hours May through October 2017, and excludes Saturdays in July. Visit magicsprings.com for additional discounts.

    **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

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Bob Grant