Ozarks Healthcare and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks to host Blood Drive June 17
Ozarks Healthcare and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will host a blood drive on Friday, June 17, 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.
“Summer can be a demanding time for our blood supply,” Karlee Marvin, Education Supervisor at Ozarks Healthcare and drive organizer, said. “Accidents are more common in the summer season, which can lead to more traumas and the need for blood transfusions. We encourage our community to think about the lives of friends and family and how one donation could save their life in the event of an emergency.”
As stated by the CBCO’s donation guidelines, you may still donate if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19, and who displayed symptoms, should refrain from donating blood for at least ten days after complete resolution of symptoms. Individuals who tested positive but never developed symptoms should refrain from donating blood for at least ten days after the date of the positive test. Blood donors must be in good health and pass a routine screening on the date of their donation.
Appointments are strongly encouraged to be made ahead of the 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 and be entered to win a weekly mystery prize valued at about $200 or a $5,000 mystery grand prize.
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.
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.