Published on June 07, 2021

Ozarks Healthcare and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks encourages Community to Make “S’more” Memories and Donate Blood on June 18

Ozarks Healthcare and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will host a blood drive on Friday, June 18, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Willard Hunter Classroom in the Ozarks Healthcare Parkway Center at 1211 Porter Wagoner Blvd. in West Plains.

The drive is appropriately themed, “Make S’more Memories,” in honor of the summer season. Each unit donated (about one pint) can be divided into the three primary components — red blood cells, plasma, and platelets — and can save up to three lives. The CBCO is the exclusive provider of blood, platelets, and plasma to all local hospitals, including Ozarks Healthcare. Donations made to the CBCO can help save the lives of friends, family, and neighbors.

“Summer is typically a time when we gather with loved ones to visit and make special memories,” Tom Keller, Ozarks Healthcare President and CEO, said. “We can help each other preserve the ability to make memories by coming together as a community and donating blood. Every donation has the potential to save and impact a life.”

A free t-shirt will be provided to donors while supplies last. Donors will also have the opportunity to enter to win a grand prize package worth more than $1,200.

Appointments are strongly encouraged to manage donor flow. To schedule your appointment, call 417-227-5006 or go to

Before the blood drive, donors are asked to take a few steps to ensure that donations operate smoothly on the day of the drive:

1. Drink plenty of water or juice the night and morning before you donate.
2. Eat a well-balanced meal around 2-3 hours before giving.
3. Bring your photo ID - Photo ID is now required for all donors.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. Face masks are required for this blood drive. To learn more, visit

Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing primary care and specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home health services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire health system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about Ozarks Healthcare, visit

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