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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

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.

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.

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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Arkansas Blood Institute Donors Receive Free Pass to the Little Rock Zoo

Let the adventure begin when you donate blood with Arkansas Blood Institute this summer!

  • July 1 through August 31, central Arkansas blood donors including Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs and Russellville area donors will receive a voucher for one free admission to the Little Rock Zoo.*
  • Donors will also receive a free, limited edition “Let the Adventure Begin” t-shirt. 


















“This summer has been a particularly challenging time for blood collections, and we are in need of generous donors to be heroes for local patients,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “It only takes about an hour to donate, but the gift of blood is priceless for those who depend on it.”

Arkansas Blood Institute is proud to partner once again with the Little Rock Zoo.  Since 1926, the Little Rock Zoo has been connecting Arkansans with nature, learning and conservation.  The Little Rock Zoo features nearly 700 animals representing more than 200 species, many on the endangered list, including Trudy the Gorilla.  The Zoo is one of Arkansas’ greatest educational and conservation resources.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood.  However, only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do.  Each donation can save the lives of up to three patients. 

Donors also receive free health screenings.  If they 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 a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide.

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

                                         

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

*The Little Rock Zoo vouchers will be given out July 1 through August 31.  Vouchers cannot be sold or reproduced.  No cash value.  Applies to regular zoo admission only, special engagements excluded.  Offer expires September 30, 2018.

35th Annual M*A*S*H Bash Blood Drive!

Give blood at the 35th Annual M*A*S*H Bash and get your collectors’ shirt!

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, June 20

Elks Lodge
132 Abbott Place in Hot Springs
Click to make an appointment!

Each donor receives FREE:

  • A commemorative collector’s edition 35th Annual M*A*S*H Bash T-shirt – available while supplies last
  • Collectible dog tag and squeezie toy grenade
  • A hot dog or hamburger, drink & chips
  • A voucher for one entry to the Little Rock Zoo
  • Health screenings
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    PHOTO ID REQUIRED.


    * 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.

    Donors Needed After Houston-area High School Shooting

    May 18, 2018 - Our thoughts and prayers are with Sante Fe, Texas, in the wake of Friday’s school shooting.

    Arkansas Blood Institute has been asked to assist by sending O-negative blood units to blood centers in the Houston area.  Although we have been requesting help from donors recently to supply our own hospitals, we must stay prepared to provide resources in the event of a tragedy like this.

    We are urging our donors to help by giving blood.  Together we can take care of our patients and support our neighbors.

    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

    Give Local & Let The Adventure Begin!

    Arkansas Blood Institute has an exciting new adventure in store for donors who give blood to help patients in local hospitals this summer!

    • Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs and Russellville area donors will receive a voucher for one free admission to the Little Rock Zoo.*
    • OR Fort Smith area donors will receive a voucher for two to Safari Joe’s H20 water park in Tulsa, OK, or Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.**
    • Donors will also receive a free, limited edition “Let the Adventure Begin” t-shirt. 


















    “We want to give donors another extraordinary reason to give the priceless gift of blood,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Patients need blood 365 days a year, but the summer months present a unique challenge since so many of us are busy with travel and activities, and we may get out of our normal donation routines.”

    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.  If they 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.

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

    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

                                             
                                             


    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

    *The Little Rock Zoo vouchers will be given out July 1 through August 31.  Vouchers cannot be sold or reproduced.  No cash value.  Applies to regular zoo admission only, special engagements excluded.  Offer expires September 30, 2018.

    **Applies to regular Science Museum Oklahoma admission only. Special engagements excluded. No other discounts may be used with this offer. No cash value. Offer expires Sept. 30, 2018.  Safari Joe’s vouchers good for two free water park admissions.  Vouchers are valid until end of 2018 swim season.  Must provide voucher, photo I.D. and proof of blood donation on voucher to redeem. Not valid for season pass upgrade or events outside of seasonal park hours.  Cannot be combined with other offers.

     

    Summer Adventure!

    Give Local & Let the Adventure Begin!

Bob Grant