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Give Blood and Share Hope, Healing, and Comfort

What better way to kick off the new year than with a resolution to save more lives?  January is National Blood Donor Month, and Arkansas Blood Institute is urging all healthy adults, ages 16 and up, to take only about an hour of their time to give blood. 

November 24, 2017, through January 31, 2018, all Arkansas blood donors will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved t-shirt. 

January 2 through February 28, Central Arkansas donors (Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs and area blood drives) receive a complimentary adult admission to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock. 

“Some of our friends and neighbors are facing another year of difficult and life-threatening health challenges,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Arkansas Blood Institute invites those who are healthy but have never given life-saving blood to help challenge themselves to donate blood.  And, since our current donors typically give only once or twice a year, we hope they are inspired to give as often as they can this year.”

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

One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and the supply must be constantly renewed.  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 a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 30 hospitals in Arkansas.

Blood donors can visit Arkansas Blood Institute’s donor centers in Fort Smith, Hot Springs, or Little Rock,, or stop by a mobile blood drive.  Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Arkansas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or by 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 Now Serving All of Central Arkansas

Little Rock, AR, January 2, 2018—Arkansas Blood Institute and the American Red Cross Greater Ozarks- Arkansas Region have formed an operational alignment to serve the blood donors and blood drive sponsors of Central Arkansas.  Effective January 1, 2018, the Red Cross discontinued blood collections in Central Arkansas, and transferred its Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Russellville based blood recruitment and collections activities to Arkansas Blood Institute. 

Both Arkansas Blood Institute and the Red Cross believe this collaborative solution will best serve patient needs in Central Arkansas by more efficiently and effectively utilizing blood center and community resources.  Arkansas Blood Institute, with the support of the Red Cross, is committed to continuing reliable blood collections in Central Arkansas. 

“Arkansas Blood Institute is focused on the needs of the patients and donors we serve in the Central Arkansas region,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “This cooperative effort will ensure a robust supply of blood for area hospitals.”

“Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and we urge donors in Central Arkansas to continue giving for patients in need,” said Rich Feliciano, Red Cross vice president of Business, Development and Integration. “As this transition moves forward in the new year, Arkansas Blood Institute has the full support of the Red Cross. Our collective goal is to ensure donors, sponsors and volunteers continue to serve their community.”

In Central Arkansas, donors who currently give the gift of life with the Red Cross are asked to give blood at Arkansas Blood Institute drives beginning January 2, 2018.  The following changes will take effect on that date:

•      Red Cross blood donor centers in Russellville and North Little Rock will operate as Arkansas Blood Institute donor centers, and open to the public in mid-February of 2018.
•      Red Cross blood collection services at the Little Rock location will transfer to the Arkansas Blood Institute donor center at the corner of Markham and Shackleford, which is now open Monday through Saturday to serve donors’ needs.
•      Red Cross requests that all organizations which currently host blood drives transition their life-saving efforts to Arkansas Blood Institute on the same timeline.

The Red Cross will maintain its Greater Ozarks- Arkansas Blood Region collection operations in the north and northeastern part of Arkansas, as well as in southwestern Missouri. The Red Cross continues to collect blood and platelet donations at its donor centers in Mountain Home and Jonesboro.

The changes in blood services will not affect the ongoing commitment of the Red Cross to serve Central Arkansas during times of personal and natural disaster.  Disaster services, services to military members, veterans and their families, and health and safety education programs will continue to be offered through the Red Cross chapter in Central Arkansas as always.

Arkansas Blood Institute, part of the 9th largest non-profit blood center in the United States, has operated blood donation centers in Fort Smith and Hot Springs since 1958.  Its Little Rock donor center opened in October 2015.  As the leading blood provider in Central Arkansas, Arkansas Blood Institute serves Baptist Health Medical Center, CHI St. Vincent, Arkansas Heart Hospital and all other major hospitals in Little Rock.

To donate blood or to set up a blood drive, donors or organizations may contact Arkansas Blood Institute at 1-877-340-8777 or visit arkbi.org.

Unprecedented Flooding, Hurricane Harvey Prompt Immediate Need for Blood Donors

(Updated) August 28, 2017 ─ Catastrophic flooding in Houston and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are prompting Arkansas Blood Institute to issue an immediate call for blood donors of all blood types.  Blood centers in Houston and other affected areas are unable to collect blood, and Arkansas Blood Institute is taking part in the nationwide relief effort to help shore up the life-saving blood supply.

Arkansas Blood Institute has already sent 300 units of blood and 25 units of platelets to areas affected by flooding, and has been asked to provide 400 more units this week.  This can only be done if generous donors step up and become part of the disaster response. A major problem blood centers in Southeast Texas are facing is transporting blood to hospitals.  Arkansas Blood Institute is working with a Dallas-based blood center to help transport the blood to hospitals and patients who need it.

“Blood centers affected by this disaster could be shut down for days or weeks,” said John Armitage, M.D., President and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Arkansas Blood Institute is ready to help our neighbors dealing with this unprecedented flooding in Houston, and we know that we can count on our donors to make the commitment to give blood or platelets.”

Donors can give blood at Arkansas Blood Institute’s donor centers in Fort Smith at 5300 S. U Street; in Little Rock at 101 S. Shackleford Rd.; in Hot Springs at 149 Section Line Road, or at any mobile blood drive.

Arkansas Blood Institute is joining blood centers across the U.S. in the flood relief efforts, as part of AABB’s Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism, which ensures safe and adequate blood product inventories are in place at all times in preparation for disasters and assesses the need for collections and/or transportation of blood should a disaster occur.

Arkansas Blood Institute is part of the 9th largest, non-profit blood center in the United States.  It relies solely on volunteer blood donors each day to serve more than 30 hospitals and medical facilities statewide. 

Appointments to give blood aren’t required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or booking online.

*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- Tropical Storm Cindy: Arkansas Blood Institute Assists With Blood Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2017 ─ As Tropical Storm Cindy threatens millions of people throughout the Gulf Coast, Arkansas Blood Institute is answering a call for additional life-saving blood from centers that service the areas threatened by this powerful storm.

Arkansas Blood Institute immediately shipped more than 300 total units of blood to blood centers that serve New Orleans, other areas of Louisiana and parts of the Gulf Coast region in Texas.  The majority of the blood was sent to New Orleans, for critical needs in case of medical emergencies during the storm.

“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 CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Because of the generosity of our own blood donors, we can provide blood to our neighbors when it’s needed.”

Arkansas Blood Institute depends solely on volunteer blood donors to serve more than 30 hospitals across the state, including all major hospitals in Little Rock.

Anyone age 16 and older, and in generally good health, can typically give blood.* To schedule an appointment to give blood, call 1-877-340-8777, or visit arkbi.org. Walk-ins are always welcome.

*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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34th Annual M*A*S*H Bash is Friday, July 28 in Hot Springs

July 11, 2017 -  Salute summer by giving blood with Arkansas Blood Institute on Friday, July 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the 34th Annual M*A*S*H Bash, which will be held at the Elks Lodge, 132 Abbott Place, in Hot Springs.  Arkansas Blood Institute is now serving more major hospitals in the state, making it the natural choice for local medical facilities.

Those who are healthy and aged 16 or older* are encouraged to donate blood, and will receive collectors’ edition 34th Annual M*A*S*H Bash T-shirts. Donors who stop by Arkansas Blood Institute to celebrate the patriotic spirit of the classic TV show M*A*S*H will also get custom dog tags, a squeezie toy grenade, and other mementos symbolizing the era. 

M*A*S*H Bash donors will enjoy free hamburgers or hot dogs with sides, a free admission to the Little Rock Zoo, health screenings and Donor Rewards Points, redeemable for merchandise and gift certificates at Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store. 

“Historically, summer has been a difficult time for the blood supply at local hospitals, because so many people are busy with vacations and activities,” said Paulette Nieuwenhof, Executive Director of Arkansas Blood Institute.  “M*A*S*H Bash is a fun way to make sure our local hospitals are stocked with life-saving blood for the critical summer months.”

Arkansas Blood Institute’s volunteer donors provide every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 30 Arkansas hospitals, including all major hospitals in Central Arkansas.

Appointments for #MASHBash34 are not required but can be made by calling Arkansas Blood Institute at 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

**Applies to regular zoo admission only. Special engagements excluded. No other discounts may be used with this offer. No cash value. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Offer expires December 31, 2017.
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June 14 is World Blood Donor Day

June 2, 2017 - World Blood Donor Day is proclaimed on June 14 by the World Health Organization and AABB. World Blood Donor Day is recognized by hundreds of blood centers around the world, including Arkansas Blood Institute, ABI.

“We encourage everyone to acknowledge World Blood Donor Day with the selfless act of blood donation,” said John Armitage, M.D., Arkansas Blood Institute president and CEO.  “We seldom take time to think about the life-saving difference a secure blood supply makes.  Countries around the world and even other states in our nation are not as fortunate as we are to have loyal blood donors.”

Of those eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent give annually. Yet, people who are healthy and 16 years or older*, can typically donate. Blood can be given every 56 days. Arkansas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in some 40 medical facilities across the state.

Schedule your life-saving blood donation today at a donor center or mobile drive near you. 


However, any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving.  In turn, Arkansas Blood Institute, ABI will make a monetary donation of similar value to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity organization that procures blood center supplies to developing countries to maintain a safe blood supply. It’s a chance to ‘doubly give’ to those who need the life-saving gift of blood worldwide. Donors may also text “BLOOD” to 52000 to text $10 to Global Blood Fund.

Most recently, Global Blood Fund has donated remodeled bloodmobiles to Sri Lanka and Mexico, and is arranging to send bloodmobiles to four other countries so that donors who have never had access before can give blood.  In late May, blood bags and other center supplies were distributed in the country of Ghana in Africa.

* To give blood, 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.
For Text 2 Give terms and conditions, visit globalbloodfund.org/help/Text-2-Give.

Schedule your life-saving blood donation today at a donor center or mobile drive near you.

Arkansas Blood Institute is Now The Region’s Leading Blood Provider

Little Rock, AR (May 8, 2017) – Arkansas Blood Institute, the state’s preferred blood services provider, is now serving more hospitals in Central Arkansas, including Baptist Health Medical Center, CHI St. Vincent, Arkansas Heart Hospital and all other major hospitals in Little Rock.

“We are pleased to be the exclusive blood provider of 33 hospitals and medical facilities in Arkansas and look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with these hospitals and their communities,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Donors who give in Arkansas can be sure that their blood will save the lives of Arkansans.”

Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to providing reliable, consistent, local service, making it the natural choice for hospitals.

“Our first priority is to the people of Arkansas,” said Dr. Armitage. “As the blood bank of Arkansans, by Arkansans, and for Arkansans, we can ensure that the hospitals we serve will always have an adequate supply of life-saving blood products 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

Arkansas Blood Institute maintains a three-to-five day blood supply at all times for local hospitals.  With donation and distribution centers in Little Rock, Hot Springs and Fort Smith, delivery of blood products occurs within minutes, rather than hours or even days. 

“The need for blood is constant for emergencies as well as scheduled treatments,” said Paulette Nieuwenhof, Executive Director of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Arkansans are very dedicated, regular donors, and we know we can count on their continued support.”

Arkansas Blood Institute has operated blood donation centers in Fort Smith and Hot Springs since 1958.  Its Little Rock donor center located at the corner of Shackleford and Markham opened in October 2015. Arkansas Blood Institute also holds dozens of mobile blood drives each month.

“We are proud to be the region’s leading blood provider,” said Nieuwenhof. “We will work closely with our hospitals with just one goal in mind: saving lives.”

From May 1 through June 30, each blood donor who gives with Arkansas Blood Institute will receive a ticket for entry to Magic Springs and Crystal Falls, Arkansas’ only Theme and Water Park.*  Donors will also receive a free “Keep it Local” t-shirt featuring a unique bison design.

One blood donation saves up to three lives.  All healthy adults are encouraged to give blood.**  Appointments are not required, but they can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777 or clicking here.  More information can also be found on Arkansas Blood Institute’s Facebook page.

*Magic Springs ticket good for one admission during normal operating hours May through October 2017, and excludes Saturdays in July. Visit magicsprings.com for additional discounts.

**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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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.

 

Bob Grant