Ozarks Healthcare and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks to host Blood Drive Aug. 13, encourages Community to Give Back during Blood Shortage
Ozarks Healthcare and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will host a blood drive on Friday, Aug. 13, from noon until 6 p.m., at the Willard Hunter Classroom in the Ozarks Healthcare Parkway Center at 1211 Porter Wagoner Blvd. in West Plains. The CBCO is the exclusive provider of blood, platelets, and plasma to all local hospitals, including Ozarks Healthcare.
The CBCO is in critical need of blood donations, which has been an ongoing concern since mid-June. The shortage is due to cancellations of blood drives during the ongoing surge of COVID-19, an increase in demand for blood from hospitals across the Ozarks, and people being hesitant to donate.
“We need our community to come together now more than ever to support each other,” Tom Keller, Ozarks Healthcare President and CEO said. “Our partnership with the CBCO leads to saved lives in our community every year, pandemic or not. During a time when demand for blood is high, we want our community to know you can safely donate and make a difference in the lives of friends and family.”
According to the CBCO’s donation guidelines, you may still donate if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have had COVID-19, you should wait two weeks to donate after receiving a positive test to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Appointments are strongly encouraged to be made ahead of Friday’s drive. To schedule your appointment, call 417-227-5006 or go to www.cbco.org/donate-blood. Donors will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last.
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.
Face masks are required for this blood drive. To learn more, visit www.cbco.org.
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 www.OzarksHealthcare.com.