Heartland Blood Centers: Critical appeal for blood donors
Jul 13, 2017 11:27AM
● By Ben Scott
Il (July, 2017) Heartland Blood Centers has issued an appeal to all
healthy and eligible people to add blood donation to your to-do list
“June collections were below required levels by more than 25%,” said Amy Smith, Director of Donor Recruitment for Heartland Blood Centers. “This coupled with ongoing trauma situations, including several liver transplants and pregnancy complications, has put a critical strain on the supply here in Chicago. If you have been watching the news, this is not only a Chicagoland problem, but a national problem. We are in crisis and we need you to donate now.”
Of the 70+ hospitals supplied by Heartland Blood Centers, approximately 1/3 have Level 1 or Level 2 trauma status. These elite Chicago institutions serve children, expectant mothers, cardiac patients, cancer survivors and trauma patients and rely on Heartland.
Dr. Alexander Carterson, M.D., PhD, Medical Director for Heartland Blood Centers adds, “Being the largest blood center in Chicago serving cutting edge medical centers is a serious responsibility that we accept and fulfill because of your commitment to blood donation. This summer we have seen an uptick in unexpected usage and I urge any person that has had a loved one who has received blood to give now so that other families will also be able to receive the life-saving transfusions that they need.”
In addition to regular center hours Thursday and Friday, select center locations will offer extended hours Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Aurora, Tinley Park, Geneva, Joliet, Naperville and Winfield centers will be open from 8 am – 7 pm on Thursday, July 13th and 7 am – 5 pm on Friday, July 14th. On Sunday, July 16th, our centers in Aurora, Tinley Park, Elgin, Naperville, DeKalb and Winfield will be open from 7 am – 2:30 pm. Heartland also has various mobile blood drives available and a complete list can be viewed when you visit www.heartlandbc.org. Because of the seriousness of the situation Heartland Blood Centers needs to schedule 25 emergency blood drives within the next two weeks.
“In times of crisis it is crucial that we all do our part to help those in our community who are in need. The members of your local community depend on your support,” adds Michelle Robinson, President of Heartland Blood Centers.”
If you can help fill this vital need, please call 630.301.6176. As a thank you for your life-saving donation, July 13th – July 17th, all center and mobile blood donors will receive a $10 Target gift card. To schedule an appointment, please call 1.800.786.4483, text APPT to 444-999 or go online at www.heartlandbc.org.