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John Armitage, M.D., CEO

Prior 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

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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Magic Springs Kickoff Blood Drive

Join Arkansas Blood Institute, KARK 4, and Fox 16 for the Magic Springs Kickoff Blood Drive!  Start summer right by saving lives and then enjoying a day at Arkansas’ Theme & Water Park!

Give blood on Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Outlets of Little Rock
11201 Bass Pro Pkwy in Little Rock

Click here to make your lifesaving appointment now, or call 877-340-8777!

    All donors will receive FREE:
  • A Summer Vibes t-shirt
  • A voucher for one entry to Magic Springs*

Please note: You will not be able to redeem your voucher on the same day as your donation. Please allow up to 48 hours for your donation to be entered into our system. You must set up your donor profile at yourbloodinstitute.org with a valid email to receive your voucher.  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.

   

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
 

Summer Vibes & Saving Lives

Help save the lives of local patients by donating blood this summer!

May 1 through May 31, Arkansas Blood Institute donors will receive a trendy “Summer Vibes” t-shirt and a voucher for one free entry to Wild River Country.

Fort Smith-area donors only will receive their choice of voucher for free admission to either Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City (1 entry) or Safari Joe’s H2O Water & Adventure Park in Tulsa (2 entries). 

Please note: You will not be able to redeem your voucher on the same day as your donation. Please allow up to 48 hours for your donation to be entered into our system. You must set up your donor profile at yourbloodinstitute.org with a valid email to receive your voucher.

“Summer is a particularly challenging time for the blood supply,” said John Armitage, M.D., Arkansas Blood Institute president and CEO. “People go out of town, and are busy with activities, and get out of their normal routine of giving blood.  We encourage healthy adults to spare just an hour of their time to save the lives of their neighbors.”

Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do.  Blood donation takes just about an hour, and each donation can save the lives of up to three patients. 

Donors also receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store.  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.

As part of the nation’s 6th largest non-profit blood collector, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide. 

It takes nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs. 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

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days.  Platelets can be given as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year. 

*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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