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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.

Schedule An Appointment!

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Walk for Wheezy Blood Drives

Be a friend and give blood with Arkansas Blood Institute at the Walk for Wheezy Blood Drives!

Arkansas Blood Institute will hold two blood drives to support Walk for Wheezy, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Click on a location below to make your appointment:


Each blood donor will receive a t-shirt inspired by the hit sitcom “Friends.” Donors will also receive a complimentary admission to Museum of Discovery in Little Rock.*

Walk for Wheezy is named for Eloise Ann “Wheezy” Owen, of Cabot, who was born with a severe heart defect, and had numerous open-heart surgeries and blood transfusions.  Wheezy was fearless and loved dancing and sports. 

Sadly, Wheezy died at the age of nine in 2016, following a series of pulmonary hemorrhages. Walk for Wheezy raises funds and awareness for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, which treats children with similar medical conditions.

“February is Heart Awareness Month, and this is a special event to help young patients in Arkansas who rely on blood,” said Mario Sedlock, executive director of Arkansas Blood Institute. “We are honored to have this opportunity to support Walk for Wheezy, and to support families dealing with congenital heart disease and defects.”

As a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s generous donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide, including Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

*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.

#SharingHearts with #ThanktheDonor

Will you share your heart by giving blood this February? You may receive a message of appreciation from the person whose life you saved through Thank the Donor™.

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Be a Friend! Give Blood.

Be a friend and give blood with Arkansas Blood Institute!

Blood donors will receive a free, limited edition, t-shirt inspired by the hit sitcom “Friends” when they give blood starting February 1 through April 30.*

In February only, LITTLE ROCK & RUSSELLVILLE area donors only will also receive one complimentary adult admission to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock.

In February & March, FORT SMITH area donors only will also receive one complimentary admission voucher to Frontier City Theme Park in Oklahoma City for use during Frontier City’s SPRING dates.**

“Voluntary blood donation is one of the most selfless acts someone can do—being a friend to a stranger and giving hope, healing and comfort during a life-threatening health crisis,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “We encourage healthy adults, age sixteen and older, to ‘be there’ for others in our community by giving blood.”

Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the supply must be constantly renewed. One blood donation only takes about an hour and saves up to three patients’ lives. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Arkansas Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

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

*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 to give blood.

**Frontier City voucher must be redeemed online at yourbloodinstitute.org. Valid only for successful blood donors. Valid one day only March 14 through March 22 and on these select dates: March 28 & 29 and April 4 & 5.  Not valid for special events or park exclusives. Ticket has NO CASH VALUE. Please check Frontiercity.com for dates and hours of operation.

   

Bob Grant