Published on April 20, 2020

OMC Blood Drive with CBCO sees record attendance

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) recently held a blood drive with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) on April 17, with a record 75 donors participating.

The threat of an increased need for blood supplies due to the pandemic of COVID-19 coupled with the mandates of social distancing had recently increased the need for donations.  OMC extended a special challenge to healthcare workers and many answered the call to donate. Even with updated protocols to keep donors safe and appropriately distanced, donations exceeded any previous attendance by 65 percent.

“Almost 50 percent of the donors Friday were 1st-time donors so that's even more incredible,” said Julia Curtman, Blood Drive Consultant, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.  “We're reaching a new group of people to donate in the future.”

For more than 20 years the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) has been a provider of blood for hospitals located across southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.  Using state-of-the-art technology and strict quality control methods to ensure that the hospitals they serve have all the blood they need to save lives.  They remain committed to fulfilling present and future needs, knowing that this product saves lives every day.

“Giving this precious resource is the most valuable gift of all,” said Melody Hubbell, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, OMC.  “Your gift directly benefits local hospitals like OMC, that serve our loved ones and neighbors.”

Picture of Nurses at Blood Drive

Pictured left to right:  Lacey Carter, RN, MSN, Executive Director of Nursing, OMC; Karlee Marvin, RN, Nurse Residency Coordinator, OMC

Picture of Mary Smith at Blood Drive

Pictured from left to right:  Kaitlin Caldwell, Regulatory Coordinator, Performance Improvement; Mary Smith, Director of Quality; Karlee Marvin, RN, Nurse Residency Coordinator; all of OMCPicture of ED Director at Blood Drive

Pictured:  Tammy Sorrell, RN, Director of OMC Emergency Department

Picture of Lee Davis at Blood Drive

Pictured:  Lee Davis, Director, OMC Wound Care Services

Picture of Melody Hubbell at Blood Drive

Pictured left to right:  Melody Hubbell, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, OMC; Karlee Marvin, RN, Nurse Residency Coordinator, OMC

Visit News & Media to get the latest from Ozarks Healthcare.

Media Contact

For media inquiries, please contact:

Ozarks Healthcare Media Team
Phone: 417-257-6735
Email: Brittany.Simers@Ozarksmedicalcenter.com