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Be a Hero: Save Lives This Spring

Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to being the donor-to-patient lifeline, providing hope, healing and comfort.

This spring, we invite donors to become heroes and save the lives of Arkansans by giving blood. 

March 1 through May 16, donors will get a free, limited edition, vintaged t-shirt, in your choice of color: blue, purple or green.

“Arkansas Blood Institute is dedicated to a mission of health, service, community and innovation,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Arkansas Blood Institute exists to save local lives and serve our local hospitals.  We could not accomplish that without the real heroes, our selfless blood donors.”

Whole blood donations can be made every 56 days.  Platelets can be donated up to 24 times a year.

Arkansas Blood Institute, a non-profit blood center, relies on donations from more than 1,000 donors each day to meet the needs of patients in more than 30 medical facilities statewide.  One blood donation can save as many as three lives and takes only about an hour. Those with negative blood types are especially urged to donate.  If donors choose to forgo the t-shirt, funds will be donated to Global Blood Fund, a non-profit organization helping secure much-needed blood supplies for blood centers in developing countries.

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by clicking here or calling (877) 340-8777. Or click on one of our donor center locations below:
Fort Smith, 5300 South U Street
Hot Springs, 149 Section Line Road
Little Rock, 101 South Shackleford Road

Learn about volunteering with Arkansas Blood Institute.

*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

IMMEDIATE NEED FOR O-NEGATIVE BLOOD DONORS

January 26, 2017 ─ Recent news reports addressed the nation’s blood needs. 

Arkansas Blood Institute provides blood to more than 30 of our state’s medical facilities and has an immediate need for O-negative blood.

Arkansas Blood Institute is urging donors to Keep It Local by giving blood at Arkansas Blood Institute donor center locations and mobile blood drives.

Arkansas Blood Institute, a non-profit blood center, relies solely on volunteer blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the state. 

Appointments aren’t required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or clicking here.

**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

Arkansas Blood Institute Opens Hot Springs Donor Center

January 18, 2017 ─ Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to saving the lives of Arkansans.  Now, Arkansas Blood Institute is offering an additional, convenient and comfortable option for selfless donors to give blood in Hot Springs.

Arkansas Blood Institute’s brand new, state-of-the-art donor center is now open.  A grand opening ceremony was held on Wednesday, January 18, at the Hot Springs Donor Center, located at the new Keystone Crossing Plaza, 149 Section Line Road. 

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin spoke at the event, later posting photos to social media.

“The new Arkansas Blood Institute donor center in Hot Springs means more life-saving blood donations for Arkansans,” Lt. Gov. Griffin posted on Facebook. “Glad to be part of the grand opening!”

The Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce joined Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney, other dignitaries and community leaders as well Arkansas Blood Institute President and CEO John Armitage and Arkansas Blood Institute Executive Director Paulette Nieuwenhof for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Hot Springs blood recipient Erin Green shared her inspiring story, followed by a complimentary lunch and a tour of the donor center, which includes cutting edge technology and private screening rooms.

Green suffered a life-threatening complication while giving birth to her daughter, Georgia.  She needed blood, platelets and plasma from a total of 21 different donors to survive.  She now wants her friends and neighbors to understand the importance of blood donations.

“I’m so thankful that people are willing to spend an hour of their day donating blood,” said Green.  “Had the hospital not had that inventory, our story would have turned out very differently.”

“The new Hot Springs facility furthers Arkansas Blood Institute’s mission of reliably providing local hospitals with the blood patients need at the right time,” said Terry Ridenour, Vice President of Center Operations- Eastern Division at Arkansas Blood Institute.  “Our new donor center gives local residents a convenient choice to give life-saving blood closer to home.”

Arkansas Blood Institute, a non-profit blood center, relies solely on volunteer blood donors to provide every drop of blood needed by patients in 33 Arkansas hospitals, including CHI St. Vincent, National Park Medical Center and all area Baptist Health Medical Centers.

Arkansas Blood Institute’s Hot Springs location will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Appointments to donate are not required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or clicking here.

 

WINTER ALERT: Weather Impacts Blood Supply, Donors Urged to Give

January 6, 2017 – As winter weather moves across the state, delays and cancellations are negatively impacting Arkansas Blood Institute’s supply of life-saving blood.

Arkansas Blood Institute urges healthy adults who get out as roads are cleared to give blood and platelets.  Platelets are especially needed since they only have a five-day shelf life. They are used for cancer patients and others suffering from life-threatening blood disorders.  Arkansas Blood Institute strongly urges donors to give platelets to help replenish the supply for local hospitals. 

Donors can find a center or mobile drive in their area by clicking here, or make an appointment immediately by calling 1-877-340-8777. 

Arkansas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed for patients in 32 hospitals statewide.

**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

‘TIS BETTER TO GIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

November 30, 2016 ─ ‘Tis better to give this holiday season!  Arkansas Blood Institute needs generous donors to share the priceless gift of blood during key winter months. It’s a time when many of us are busy, but Arkansas Blood Institute is asking donors to take just an hour to make sure the blood supply for area hospitals stays at levels necessary for life-saving procedures.

Arkansas Blood Institute Fort Smith Donor Center
5300 S. U St.
Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Arkansas Blood Institute Little Rock Donor Center
101 S. Shackleford
southeast corner of Shackleford and Markham
Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each donor gets a free, limited edition, long-sleeved holiday-themed t-shirt.  This shirt is an exclusive gift for those who donate blood from December 1st through January 6th at Arkansas Blood Institute donor centers and blood drives.

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

“Donating blood is a selfless gift,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute.  “The cost – just one hour of your time – is certainly less than other gifts most of us will give this season.  But there’s nothing that has a greater impact.”

One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and the supply must be constantly renewed.  If donors choose 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.

Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in 25 hospitals statewide.

Appointments can be made by clicking the donor center name above, clicking here to find a mobile drive in your area, or by calling 877-340-8777.  Walk-ins are also welcome.  Arkansas Blood Institute is a non-profit blood center.

*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 URGED TO GO ‘HOG WILD’

September 1, 2016 ─ It’s football time in Arkansas, and Arkansas Blood Institute has “Hog Wild” t-shirts in Razorback red for blood donors. Everyone who is healthy and at least 16 years old* can make a life-saving difference for their fellow Arkansans by giving with the state’s blood center.
Arkansas Hog Wild T-shirt 2016
Arkansas Blood Institute Fort Smith Donor Center
5300 S. U St.
Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Arkansas Blood Institute Little Rock Donor Center
101 S. Shackleford
southeast corner of Shackleford and Markham
Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Our love of football runs deep here,” said Danny Cervantes, recruitment manager, “but saving lives of our neighbors and friends through blood donation takes the definition of winning to a whole different level.”

Twenty-five local hospitals, including all in the River Valley, rely exclusively on volunteer blood donors with Arkansas Blood Institute to meet patients’ life-or-death needs.

Patients battling for their lives in the River Valley region rely exclusively on blood given by Arkansas Blood Institute donors. Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to 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. 

Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for gift cards and apparel in Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store, are also provided to donors.

Appointments can be made by clicking the donor center name above, clicking here to find a mobile drive in your area, or by calling 877-340-8777.  Walk-ins are also welcome.  Arkansas Blood Institute is a non-profit blood center.

* 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

ARKANSAS BLOOD DONORS ARE ASKED TO HELP LOUISIANA PATIENTS

Due to the recent flooding in Louisiana, the local blood center has not been able to operate in several days and has reached out to Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) for support. The area is in immediate need of blood to help patients in their hospitals. Even when the rain stops, our neighbors in Louisiana will be in recovery mode and will most likely face challenges to rebuild the blood supply. 

“It is not unusual for the Arkansas Blood Institute to be contacted when there are natural disasters in our country,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and chief executive of ABI.  “We have sent blood to Louisiana, but to continue to help out our neighboring state, we will need more blood donors.”

We are asking all eligible donors who are at least 16 years old* to come into any ABI location and donate now so we can respond to this need. You can find an ABI location, or a mobile blood drive, close to you by clicking here.

Appointments to donate can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or clicking here.  Walk-ins are also welcome. 

* 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

Gardner Joins Arkansas Blood Institute

May 18, 2016 – Arkansas Blood Institute, the state’s nonprofit, volunteer blood center, announces the hiring of Jerald Gardner as an account consultant for the greater Little Rock area.

He will work directly with schools, civic groups, businesses and faith-based groups to schedule and conduct blood drives. He will also arrange mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses, media and civic organizations interested in creating a culture of giving in the area. 
Jerald Gardner
Gardner has a prestigious 13-year track record in marketing within the telecommunications industry.  He was Employee of the Year for Dish Network in 2003, and recognized for Perfect Customer Quality by AT&T Advertising Solutions in 2006 and 2008.  Most recently, he worked with Verizon Wireless in Little Rock, setting the standard for new customer acquisition. 

Raised in Pine Bluff, Gardner graduated from the University of Central Arkansas.  He remains active as an alumni adviser for Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

“I thrive on understanding what motivates various organizations and providing them the support to achieve their goals,” Gardner said. “Since blood is the key to health and the most basic of all needs, I am excited to be part of an Arkansas organization so focused on those most in need.  My focus will be on matching groups that share our culture of giving with opportunities to make a huge difference locally for patients.”

Arkansas Blood Institute welcomes groups interested in hosting blood drives or individual volunteer blood donors at its Little Rock donor center.  What began five years ago with exclusive agreements to provide every drop of blood needed for patients of major hospitals across western Arkansas has spread as far east as Pine Bluff and to Little Rock hospitals this past year.  Now, 23 Arkansas hospitals, including CHI St. Vincent hospitals and Arkansas Heart Hospital, rely exclusively on Arkansas Blood Institute deliveries daily.

Its new Little Rock donor center is located at the southeast corner of Markham and Shackleford. Anyone 16 or older who is generally in good health has the opportunity to save a local life by donating blood. The donor center is open at 101 S. Shackleford Rd., Suite 2, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Schedule your life-saving donation at one of our donor centers or a mobile drive near you!

“Blood Donor” Challenge Launched

February 1, 2016─ Arkansas Blood Institute invites all to take the “Blood Donor Challenge” between February 1 and May 15.  Blood given with the state’s nonprofit blood center saves the lives of patients in 23 Arkansas hospitals every day. Yet, national statistics show that less than 10 percent of those eligible to donate blood do so at least annually.

Healthy adults*, 16 and older, can typically give and will receive a “Blood Donor Challenge” T-shirt.

“Some of our friends and neighbors face the challenge of staying alive,” said Paulette Nieuwenhof, executive director, Arkansas Blood Institute, Little Rock. “We challenge those who are healthy but have never given life-saving blood to step up, and join the movement.  And, since our donors typically give only once or twice a year, we urge them to give more often.”  Donations can be made as often as every two months or six times a year.
Take the Challenge
Arkansas Blood Institute relies on donations from an average of 4,000 donors each month to meet the needs of patients in the area hospitals it exclusively serves. One single donation can save as many as three lives. It usually takes no more than an hour to donate.

Increases in first-time blood donors and repeat donations by current blood donors will be tracked.  The blood center is optimistic that the Challenge will spur people with negative blood types to donate.  Only 18 percent of the population has a negative type, but patients with those types must have it from donors with negative types. A person can learn his or her blood type by donating. 

Appointments to give 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

Bob Grant