The Blood Assurance donor center inside the Erlanger Baroness campus will be open on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. The donor center is located at 975 East Third Street in Chattanooga, Tennessee near elevator F and Pastoral Care. Regularly the donor center is only open on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Blood Assurance is a regional blood center that serves 47 counties in a 5 state region and is the provider of blood and blood components for over 70 healthcare facilities, including Erlanger.
Blood Assurance has been providing a safe blood supply in Chattanooga and 47 other counties since 1973. Prior to that time, people in need of blood had to rely on friends and relatives. In addition to ensuring a plentiful supply of whole blood, Blood Assurance also distributes plasma and blood platelets, primarily to cancer patients. It was the parents of a cancer patient who established the Blood Assurance Foundation. The foundation gives scholarships to local high school seniors every year.
Blood Assurance particularly needs Type O negative blood, B negative, and platelet donors. In this segment, Bonnie Phillips from Blood Assurance speaks with WUTC’s Virginia Daniels about the shortage, ways people can donate, and special promotions and giveaways at Blood Assurance.