DAYTON – Community Blood Center will close the Springfield Donor Center on Dec. 28 and expand blood collections in the New Year to new monthly community blood drives at Springfield’s Maiden Lane Church of God and First Christian Church and a blood drive every two months at Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Medical Center.
The elimination of the Springfield branch location reflects changing donor preferences and hospital blood usage, according to a news release.
“Mobile blood drives have proven to be more efficient for CBC and more convenient for donors, who enjoy being able to donate at their work, schools or community centers,” said Donor Relations Director Tracy Morgan.
Beginning Jan. 3, 2019, Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Medical Center at 100 Medical Center Drive will host a new blood drive on the first or second Thursday of every other month.
Beginning Jan. 14, 2019, the Maiden Lane Church of God at 1201 Maiden Lane will host a blood drive on the second Monday of every month from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Beginning Jan. 15, 2019, the First Christian Church of Springfield at 3638 Middle Urbana Road will host a blood drive on the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.
All of the new blood drive locations are approximately three miles from the current Springfield Donor Center.
All of the new blood drives will provide apheresis machines for platelet and plasma donations. This reflects CBC’s increased emphasis on recruiting new platelet and plasma donors and the direction of resources to expand opportunities for these donations at community blood drives.
Platelets and plasma are vital to the treatment of cancer, organ transplant, burn, and trauma patients. New platelet donors are in high demand, especially those with blood types A, AB, or B positive. Find out more at www.GivingBlood.org or talk to an apheresis specialist at 937-461-3220.
The Springfield Donor Center will continue current operating hours until the closing on Dec. 28. Donors can schedule appointments at the new blood drives or find other CBC mobile blood drives online at www.DonorTime.com.
Mark Pompilio is Public Relations/Marketing Associate for Community Blood Center.