URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DONORS - Locally and nationally, blood centers have only 2-3 day supply of type O red blood cells. Supplies of AB plasma and Convalescent Plasma are depleted. We are calling for all healthy members of the public to step up now and support care for patients. Blood donation is safe and essential!  Recent changes to donor eligibility criteria will permit donations by many donors previously deferred. Questions about 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 or call 833-610-1025 with questions.

Published by Kirby Winn on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in News Releases

(January 28, 2020 | Peoria, Ill.) – Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) celebrated the opening of its new Peoria Donor Center with a ribbon-cutting and open house held at noon on Tuesday, January 28. This facility, at 1123 W. Glen Ave. in Peoria, serves as a permanent, fixed-site location where donors can support the local blood supply. Donors may schedule appointments for donation by calling (800) 747-5401, scheduling online via www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or by using the Blood Center’s mobile app (info at www.bloodcenter.org/app).

Peoria Donor CenterMississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the exclusive provider of blood and blood components to OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center (as of March 1, 2019) and UnityPoint Health facilities in Peoria and Pekin (as of January 1, 2020). (See below for a complete list of hospitals served by MVRBC and a map of the MVRBC Service Region.) The Donor Center is equipped for whole blood, platelet, and double red cell donations. Hours of operation are:

  • Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. 
  • Friday: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. - Noon
  • Sunday (every other): 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (platelet donations only)

Donations made at the new facility will add to collection totals made on MVRBC’s local blood drives. Groups interested in hosting a mobile blood drive are asked to contact Jim Watts, Donor Relations Manager, at (217) 220-8686 or jwatts@mvrbc.org.

Clover T-shirtAdditional donations are greatly needed to help the blood supply recover from losses due to winter weather. During the month of January, snow and ice has caused the cancellation of multiple MVRBC blood drives and individual appointments at MVRBC Donor Centers. This month’s weather-related losses now exceed 500 donations across the MVRBC service region. To thank donors who support this critical need, donors at MVRBC Donor Centers and mobile blood drives will receive a voucher for MVRBC’s “Clover” T-shirt from Jan. 13 to Feb. 23. 

To support the inventory needs of local hospitals, MVRBC opened its local Inventory Management and Distribution Center in the fall of 2019. This facility, at 2404 Nebraska Ave., operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure blood components are always available for patient care at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, OSF HealthCare Saint James Medical Center in Pontiac, and the UnityPoint Health locations in Peoria and Pontiac (see below for a complete list of hospitals served by MVRBC). 

About Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) 

MVRBC serves more than 100 hospitals (listed below) in Ill., Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, as well as resource sharing partners across the country. The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit blood center, was established in 1974 and operates as Central Illinois Community Blood Center (Springfield, Ill.) and Community Blood Services of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana, Ill). The MVRBC service region extends from Madison, Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Ill. to Chariton, Iowa. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org and visit the Blood Center’s social media channels: www.facebook.com/MVRBC, www.twitter.com/willyougive, www.youtube.com/MVRBC, and www.instagram.com/willyougive/

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Kirby Winn

Kirby Winn serves as Manager, Public Relations for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Central Illinois Community Blood Center, and Community Blood Services of Illinois. He enjoys working with media to share the stories of patients who have been helped by the generous volunteers w

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