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ABI Hosts Summer Blood Drives

June 1 – Blood donors can ‘FEEL COOL’ about giving blood at Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) summer blood drives. Donors can give blood at any ABI blood drive or donor center during June.

Donors will experience the incredibly cool satisfaction of saving up to three peoples’ lives!  Each will receive a voucher, redeemable for two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a T-shirt, featuring the Zoo’s snow leopard. 
2014 Zoo T-shirt
“Summer is a time for fun, including visits to the Zoo,” said John Armitage, M.D., ABI president and CEO, “but first, we can ease concerns for those in our area that rely on blood donors by taking just an hour to give.”

Since as many as three patients’ lives in area hospitals are saved each time someone gives blood, donors can always feel good. Arkansas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 21 area medical facilities.

Anyone who is healthy and 16 years of age* can usually give blood, and donations can be made every 56 days. Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in ABI’s online store, are also provided to donors.

Through a special initiative to support donor centers in underserved countries, any donor can forgo the T-shirt.  In turn, Arkansas Blood Institute will make a monetary donation of similar value to Global Blood Fund. It’s a chance to ‘doubly give’ to help those battling for their lives locally and internationally.

Click here to schedule an appointment.

*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.

Treasures Await Blood Donors

May 1- Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) urges all healthy adults to donate blood during the month of May at ABI donor centers and blood drives.  Each blood donor will be treated to an appreciation item from ABI’s ‘Treasure Chest’.

“Treasured is an appropriate word to describe the appreciation we hear from folks who have needed blood,” said John Armitage M.D., CEO and president of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Our donors’ life-saving gifts mean the world to those battling for their lives.”

Every drop of blood needed by patients in 17 hospitals in western Arkansas is provided exclusively by donors with Arkansas Blood Institute. Giving blood takes about an hour, and each donation can save as many as three different lives. Donations can be made every 56 days.

Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. Only nine percent of the population has O-negative blood, yet it can be used by persons with all blood types.  This makes it particularly critical in trauma situations when time doesn’t allow for identification of a patient’s blood type.

Those 16 and older* can typically donate.  Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments are available. Schedule your appointment, Today.

*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.

Blood Donors Answer The Call - Blood Emergency Ends

February 11 - As of this afternoon, Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) again has an adequate supply of blood needed by patients in the 15 hospitals it serves in western and south central Arkansas. Since Thursday, Jan. 30, ABI had faced critical lows in its supplies due to several winter storms and the resulting decline in donations.

“We have seen a strong response from kind-hearted blood donors who have come to our donor center and blood drives the past few days,” said John Armitage, M.D., President and CEO.  “That Arkansas standard has shown bright once again, helping us restore a sufficient supply. We thank all who have made giving a priority.”

“We hope to avoid similar future scenarios as people realize how fragile the situation is.  Blood has a very limited time for its use.  About 600 new donors each day are needed to replace that which has gone on to patients in hospitals,” Armitage said. 

Armitage explained that weather is not the only factor affecting donor turnout now. “We are also seeing the impact of the cold and flu season.  Some who usually give cannot due to illness, so we need those who are feeling well to stand in the gap for them.”

ABI urges everyone 16 years* and older who is healthy to visit its donor centers or blood drives every 56 days to give.  Appointments are not necessary but can be made by following this link. Arkansas Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America.

* 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.

Start Off The New Year By Giving Blood

January 1 ─ Start off the new year by giving blood with Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) to save lives of those in area hospitals. All healthy adults, 16 and older,* are encouraged to donate blood at blood drives throughout January.

“Blood donations typically decline in the winter months,” said John Armitage, Arkansas Blood Institute president and CEO. “But the need for blood is constant, and patients in our community are counting on us to give.”

Blood donors will receive a free hot/cold gel pack, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for merchandise in ABI’s online store. Additionally, if blood donors choose to forgo the gel pack, funds designated for this item will go to support the Global Blood Fund assisting blood centers in developing countries. 

Of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., only about ten percent actually do, despite the quick and beneficial donation process. Giving blood only takes about an hour, and one single donation can save as many as three lives. Donations can be made every 56 days.

Appointments are not required but can be made here.

* 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.

Make Blood Donation A Part Of Your Holiday Season

December 1, 2013 ─ Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) encourages area residents to get in the giving spirit this holiday season by donating blood. Donations can be made at our donor center or mobile drives throughout December. Each donation saves as many as three lives.

“We’re blessed to be surrounded by giving people who respond when they know of a need,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute.  “The gift of blood is a priceless one.  It’s difficult to think of anything more important that we personally can do.”

Arkansas Blood Institute is a nonprofit regional blood center that provides every drop of blood needed for patients in 15 hospitals in Clark, Crawford, Franklin, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Johnson, Logan, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, Pope, Scott, Sebastian and Yell counties.

Arkansas Blood Institute will reward each donor with a hot/cold gel pack, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for items in ABI’s online store. Any donor who wishes to support the Global Blood Fund can forgo the gel pack. In turn, Arkansas Blood Institute will make a monetary contribution of similar value to the Global Blood Fund.  It’s a chance to give ‘again’ to support blood centers in countries lacking even the basics for a safe and secure blood supply. 

Because there is no substitute for blood, the supply must constantly be renewed. Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used in any emergency situation when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified.

Anyone, 16 years or older*, can typically donate blood.  Blood can be given every 56 days and typically takes about an hour.

Schedule your holiday donation, Today!

*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.

Save up to 3 lives this November

November 15, 2013 ─ Sponsors are teaming up with Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) to host blood drives throughout November. Donors can feel good knowing they are saving as many as three lives. In addition, each donor will receive a blood donor T-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for items in ABI’s online store.

Of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., less than 10 percent give at least annually. Since there is no substitute for human blood, supplies must constantly be renewed. Arkansas Blood Institute encourages all healthy adults, 16 years and older* to make blood donations.

Thanks to its volunteer donors, Arkansas Blood Institute exclusively provides every drop of blood needed by patients to 21 local hospitals in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

“Someone needs blood every two seconds, and since blood can only be used for 42 days, we constantly need people to donate,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute.  “Blood is always in need, which is why we are asking area residents to come out and donate.” 

If blood donors choose to forgo the donor appreciation item, funds designated for this item will be directed to our partnering organization, Global Blood Fund.  Arkansas Blood Institute and the Global Blood Fund (GBF) share a common goal of keeping people healthy. 

Donations can be made every 56 days and usually take about an hour. Schedule your life-saving donation, Today!

*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

Help Boost The Summer Blood Supply

July 1, 2013 - The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation. Yet, fewer people typically donate during the summer, according to Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI). You can help by visiting a donor center or mobile drive in your area. Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older* is encouraged to give.

Each donor will receive two free tickets to the Tulsa Zoo, a “Feel Fierce” T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Rewards points.

“For patients in need of blood, there’s no summer vacation,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and chief executive. “That’s why it’s crucial that blood donors take just an hour to donate blood.  The lives of our friends, co-workers and neighbors may depend on it.”

Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving.  In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries.

Arkansas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 14 hospitals in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma thanks to its volunteer donors.

* 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.

Schedule your life-saving donation, Today!

FEEL FIERCE When You Give Blood This Summer

June 1, 2013 – Blood donors can ‘FEEL FIERCE’ about giving blood at an Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) summer blood drive or donor center. Donors will experience the satisfaction of saving as many as three peoples’ lives!  Each will receive a voucher, redeemable for two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a T-shirt, featuring the Zoo’s fierce lion.

“Summer is a time for fun, including visits to the Zoo,” said John Armitage, M.D., ABI president and CEO, “but first, we can ease concerns for those in our area who rely on blood donors by taking just an hour to give.”

The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation. Arkansas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 14 hospitals in western Arkansas.

Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving.  In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries.

Anyone who is healthy and 16 years of age* can usually give blood, and donations can be made every 56 days. Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in ABI’s online store, are also provided to donors.

* 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.

Schedule your life-saving donation, Now!

Blood Drives Support Hospitals

May 1, 2013 — Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) encourages blood donors’ support so patients in area hospitals won’t have to be concerned about the availability of blood. Donors with Arkansas Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in 14 hospitals in western Arkansas. 

Each donor giving in May will receive an ABI insulated lunch tote, free health screenings and Donor Reward points. Donors may choose to forgo the tote to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF). Funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries.

Since there is no substitute for human blood, supplies must constantly be renewed. Arkansas Blood Institute encourages anyone who is 16 and older* to donate and save a life this spring.

Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks), those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population; however, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in urgent need.

Schedule your life-saving donation, Today!