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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 board for the Global Blood Fund and is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for America’s Blood Centers.  He is a member of the board of trustees for the Oklahoma School of Science and Math and on the advisory boards of United Way of Central Oklahoma and LifeSharer of Oklahoma.

He is a donor of whole blood and plateletpheresis units, coordinator for All Souls’ Episcopal Church’s blood drives, and co-creator of the Thank-the-Donor web app that harnesses expressions of gratitude. 

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.

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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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. 

“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

 

Redeeming Vouchers for Summer Partners



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    NOTE:
  • In order to receive your voucher, please log in or create your donor profile at yourbloodinstitute.org.
  • You should have received your voucher redemption code at the time of your donation or in a post-donation email. It may take up to 48 hours for your donation to be entered into our system. Then 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 on your online profile.
  • After completing these steps, if you still have trouble retrieving your voucher, please email us at customerservice@obi.org or call us at 877-340-8777 or fill out a voucher request form.
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WEATHER ALERT: Severe weather impacts blood supply

May 21, 2019 - Devastating flooding, tornadoes and canceled blood drives across our region have severely impacted Arkansas Blood Institute’s supply of lifesaving blood.  Blood donors are needed urgently to help rebuild the inventory.  The need for blood is constant and our crews must still transport blood to save patients’ lives.  Blood must be available, and on our shelves, before and after storms hit.

Please consider taking just an hour of your time to give blood at a donor center near you.  Or make your lifesaving appointment now at yourbloodinstitute.org or by calling 877-340-8777


WEEKEND AND MEMORIAL DAY HOURS:

Fort Smith, 5300 S. U Street
Saturday, May 25, 9am-2pm
Sunday, May 26, 8am-10:30am
Monday, May 27, 8am-10:30am (Monday- Platelet Appointments Only)

Hot Springs, 149 Section Line Road, Ste G
Saturday, May 25. 8am-1pm
Sunday, May 26 CLOSED
Monday, May 27 CLOSED

Little Rock, 101 S. Shackleford Rd, Ste 2
Saturday, May 25. 8:30am-4pm
Sunday, May 26, 8:30am-10:30am
Monday, May 27, 8:30am-10:30am (Monday- Platelet Appointments Only)

North Little Rock, 4548 John F Kennedy Blvd, Ste 6
Saturday, May 25, 8:30am-4pm
Sunday, May 26 CLOSED
Monday, May 27 CLOSED

Russellville, 1003 W Main
Saturday, May 25, 9am-2pm
Sunday, May 26 CLOSED
Monday, May 27 CLOSED

WEEKEND BLOOD DRIVES:
Saturday, May 25

9:00a - 1:45p
Wal Mart Mena - 600 Hwy 71 South, Mena
 
9:30a - 1:00p
Walmart Dave Ward Conway - 3900 Dave Ward Drive, Conway
  
11:00a - 3:00p
Lowes - 300 Cornerstone Blvd, Hot Springs
 
Sunday, May 26
10:30a - 1:30p
Northside Church of Christ Benton - 917 North East, Benton
 

Alert: Emergency Blood Shortage; Donors Urgently Needed

March 11, 2019 – Arkansas Blood Institute is experiencing an emergency blood shortage and is issuing an urgent call for donors of all blood types.

Widespread illness, including a flu outbreak, blood drive cancellations, and several days of winter weather in the region, have all contributed to a sharp downturn in donations.  Levels have reached a less than one-day supply. Typically, Arkansas Blood Institute maintains a three- to five-day supply for local hospitals.

“Because close to a quarter of our blood collections comes from school blood drives, school closings can be devastating to our inventory.  With Spring Break around the corner, our schools and universities will be out again, and many people will be leaving the state for vacation. So, it is imperative to replenish the supply right away,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute.  “We are calling on all healthy Arkansans to take about an hour of their time to give blood for our friends and neighbors in need.”

Arkansas Blood Institute encourages all healthy adults, age 16 and older, to donate blood as soon as they can. * 

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by clicking here to find a blood drive near you or calling (877) 340-8777.

Or click on one of our donor center locations below:
North Little Rock, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd
Russellville, 1003 West Main
Fort Smith, 5300 S. U St.
Hot Springs, 149 Section Line Road, Ste. G
Little Rock, 101 South Shackleford Road, Ste. 2

Volunteer donors with Arkansas Blood Institute exclusively provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals and medical facilities statewide. 

Every two seconds, someone needs blood.  One donation saves up to three lives.  Arkansas Blood Institute depends on an average of 1,200 donors per day to meet the needs of patients in our state.  These patients rely on blood to survive an emergency injury or illness, or for ongoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases and conditions.

Arkansas Blood Institute has developed “Thank the Donor,” a unique web application that allows blood recipients to send messages of appreciation, photos, or videos to their individual blood donors.  To view messages from patients who are given hope, health, and healing through blood donation, please visit drawing-together.org to see their heartfelt appreciations.

Look for updates on this alert on Arkansas Blood Institute’s social media platforms

*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

Bob Grant