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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 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.)
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 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.)  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.

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Non Donor Testing Event Sites

If you can’t or don’t donate blood, you can still get tested for COVID-19 antibodies at one of the following events by having tubes drawn. Appointments cannot be made for this option. First time blood donors and non-donors who receive testing at these events are eligible for a $5 gift card. Please call 888-308-3924 with questions.

    Wednesday, January 27
  • UAFS, Smith Pendergraft Center, 5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, 10:30 a.m.-  3:30 p.m.
    Thursday, January 28
  • UAFS, Smith Pendergraft Center, 5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, 10:30 a.m.-  3:30 p.m.
    Friday, January 29
  • Hot Springs Mall, 4501 Central Ave in front of Dillards, 12 p.m.-  6 p.m.
  • Central Mall, 5111 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, 1 p.m.-  6 p.m.

All events will be managed according to CDC guidelines. Masks required.

*Donors ages 16 or 17-years old need parental consent to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies and are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for use by authorized laboratories. The test has been authorized only for the detection of the IgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Test results will be made available post-donation.

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Need for Convalescent Plasma to Aid Local COVID-19 Patients

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Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) has an ongoing need for convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat seriously ill patients. The need for convalescent plasma in our area has increased exponentially as hospitalizations surge. En español

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 or had a positive COVID-19 antibody test, please sign up for the registry at bit.ly/covid19-registry or call 888-308-3924.

You may also email coviddonor@obi.org to schedule an appointment. Please include your name, date of birth, contact information and date of last COVID-19 symptoms. You should also include proof of positive COVID-19 test results from your doctor or clinic.

Positive COVID-19 test results can also be faxed to 405-297-5598 or emailed to results@bio-linked.org.

You may also walk-in to a convenient donor center or find a mobile blood drive near you. Simply let our staff know that you wish to donate convalescent plasma. Females with a history of pregnancy may be asked to donate whole blood, to be tested for anti-HLA antibodies.

Find a blood drive
Donor center locations:
Fort Smith
Hot Springs
Little Rock
North Little Rock
Russellville

A single plasma donation with Arkansas Blood Institute can provide plasma to up to four COVID-19 patients, in a process that takes about an hour and a half.

    To provide convalescent plasma, donors must meet the criteria below:
  • Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test
  • Be symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation
  • Be eligible to donate blood

Donors can give convalescent plasma as often as every 7 days, although they must have antibody levels reviewed first. An appointment is required for repeat convalescent plasma donation.

Convalescent plasma donors will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 prize given away to that day’s roster of convalescent plasma donors.*

“As the community’s blood supplier, we will do everything in our power to make sure that critically needed products are on the shelf when our hospital partners and their patients need them,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “The need is here, and even a brief delay in getting this plasma might cost a life or prolong the illness for a coronavirus victim. We’re asking all eligible convalescent plasma donors to contact Arkansas Blood Institute today to schedule an appointment to give.” 

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • Recipients of any COVID-19 vaccines are NOT eligible to donate convalescent plasma at this time, according to current FDA guidance. (Please note: conversations are ongoing about this issue, so guidance could change.)
  • If you received any mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna), you can donate all other blood products – including traditional plasma – without any deferral period.
  • If you received an adenovirus vector vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, etc), you can donate all blood products (except convalescent plasma) after a two-week deferral.
  • If you received a monoclonal antibodies (Regeneron or Eli Lilly), you are deferred for 12 months and not eligible to donate convalescent plasma.


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Convalescent Plasma: By the Numbers

Arkansas Blood Institute is collecting convalescent plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19 or have COVID-19 antibodies in order to help those suffering from severe symptoms of COVID-19.

The graph below illustrates the increasing number of units sent to our community hospitals each week, to be transfused to patients. This graph will be updated each week. Last updated Monday, January 18, 2021

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