UPDATE - Recent changes to donor eligibility criteria will permit donations by many donors previously deferred due to exposure Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (vCJD or Mad Cow Disease). Questions about your eligibility? Please fill out the deferral/eligibility inquiry form.

Click here for our response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) including information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on blood donation being permitted during Stay at Home directives. Click here for care provider and self-referrals for convalescent plasma donors for those that had a positive molecular test (also called PCR or polymerase chain reaction) and are fully recovered from COVID-19.  Email patientservices@mvrbc.org or call 833-610-1025 with questions.

Published by Kirby Winn on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in Blog

Blood Center box truck in snowy conditionsPatient care never stops, so it's our job keep blood components "on the shelves" for local hospitals even when faced with challenging conditions outside.

"Blood is needed every day. Whether it be for trauma, cancer treatments, people who are going into surgery...that need does not change just because the weather gets bad," says Pete Lux, our Director, Donor Services.

"We want to be there for our donors, too," Lux adds. "Because they are very committed and many of them do come in, regardless of weather conditions."

Providing our region's blood supply during the winter months means balancing the ongoing need for blood while being mindful of safety for our staff, donors, and volunteers who are on the roads during winter storms.

When conditions are very poor, we may be forced to close Donor Centers or even cancel a mobile blood drive. To confirm a Donor Center or mobile blood drive is operating during periods of winter weather, please call our scheduling team at (800) 747-5401.

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