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John Armitage, M.D., CEO

Dr. John Armitage serves as the chief executive officer for Texas Blood Institute, part of the sixth largest non-profit blood collector in America. Prior to joining Texas Blood Institute in 2007, Dr. John Armitage led blood center operations in Roanoke, VA, Johnstown, PA, and New Brunswick, NJ. He began his blood banking career as a medical officer for the American Red Cross in Charlotte, NC.

He holds a medical doctorate from Duke University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in history) from Yale University. He received his training in transfusion medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and [Carter] BloodCare in Dallas, TX.

He is founder and chairman of board for the Global Blood Fund and is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for America’s Blood Centers.  He is a member of the board of trustees for the Oklahoma School of Science and Math and on the advisory boards of United Way of Central Oklahoma and LifeSharer of Oklahoma.

He is a donor of whole blood and plateletpheresis units, coordinator for All Souls’ Episcopal Church’s blood drives, and co-creator of the Thank-the-Donor web app that harnesses expressions of gratitude. 

Media Inquiries

Our Community Relations staff is available 24 hours a day to respond to media inquiries.  Contact Heather Browne, Marketing & Media Manager, at 405-419-1330 or heather.browne@obi.org with questions or to schedule an interview.
(For marketing solicitations or other solicitations, please email our team.)

FEEL GOOD. GIVE TIME.

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There’s More Than One Way To Give

Texas Blood Institute’s Volunteer Services mission statement is to recruit, empower, and mobilize volunteers by building community understanding of our purpose and services to further the mission of being the donor-to-patient lifeline. 

Our three main objectives are to provide support services to staff and donors; to promote education of blood services; and to provide opportunities for training, personal growth, advancement, and community involvement

Why do volunteers contribute their time to Texas Blood Institute?

  • To help save lives
  • To give back to the community
  • To be an important part of a team
  • For personal growth
  • For education and philanthropy

Apply to Volunteer Online

FORMS

(To print form, use link below to access PDF. To apply online, click on Apply Online in the middle navigation on this page.)
Volunteer Services Survey
Volunteer Weekly Time Sheet

Contact Us

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WICHITA FALLS

3709 Gregory Street, Suite 109, 76308
940-689-2400, 888-308-3924

APPOINTMENTS, CONCERNS and GENERAL QUESTIONS

Please contact our Customer Service team at 1-877-340-8777 or customerservice@obi.org to schedule an appointment or to speak to a customer service representative.

POST DONATION INQUIRES

For all other inquiries, please contact 405-419-1354 or customerservice@obi.org.

POST DONATION ILLNESS

If you should become ill or feel your blood is not safe for transfusion, please call 1-800-375-7654. If your symptoms worsen markedly, seek urgent care.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Our Community Relations staff is available 24 hours a day to respond to media inquiries.  Contact Heather Browne, Marketing & Media Manager, at 405-419-1330 or heather.browne@obi.org with questions or to schedule an interview.
(For marketing solicitations or other solicitations, please email our team.)

HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL STAFF ONLY

Our Medical Directors are board certified in Transfusion Medicine and are available 24/7 for consultation on routine and difficult cases. For patient related services contact the therapeutic apheresis specialist on call at 800-375-8778.

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Give Blood This Summer

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Gone Savin’ Lives!

Texas Blood Institute knows this summer will be different, and it may be a time for stay-cations or camping trips. Texas Blood Institute needs donors to help rebuild the blood supply in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and is urging healthy adults to take some time to save lives this summer.

Donors will receive a free summer camper t-shirt and their choice of one free entry voucher to Frontier City or Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, or two free entries to Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park in Tulsa, to be redeemed at yourbloodinstitute.org

Free COVID-19 antibody screening will be offered to donors eighteen and older.*

“The COVID-19 pandemic led to a record number of blood drive cancellations in recent months,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “Because the need for blood is constant, and increases during the summer, local patients are counting on our heroic donors more than ever.”

Texas Blood Institute’s donor centers and mobile blood drives have instituted additional cleaning methods, decontaminating work and common areas and equipment frequently. In addition, donor centers and mobile blood drives have been adapted to allow for social distancing. Staff members and donors will also have their temperatures taken before starting work or entering the facility.

All phlebotomy staff will wear masks and donors are also required to wear masks. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.

Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Texas Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives. Appointments are encouraged for social distancing, and can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777, or clicking here to find a blood drive near you. Or you can stop by our donor center in Wichita Falls at 3709 Gregory Street.

If you or someone you know has recovered from COVID-19, we encourage you to sign up for the convalescent plasma registry.

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID required. Must be 18 or older to receive antibody test. This test has not been reviewed by the FDA and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.

*You must have a valid blood donation between July 1 - Aug. 31, 2020, to receive a voucher. IMPORTANT: DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION MAY BE AFFECTED BY COVID-19. Entry voucher not valid for special events or park exclusives. Voucher has NO CASH VALUE. Please check frontiercity.com, sciencemuseumok.org or safarijoesh2o.com for dates and hours of operation.

               

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Texas Blood Institute Testing Blood Donations for COVID-19 Antibodies

June 3, 2020 (Wichita Falls) ─  Texas Blood Institute announced it will provide free COVID-19 antibody tests for all blood donors eighteen and older. Texas Blood Institute is the first blood center in the state to offer COVID-19 antibody screening service to its donors.

This testing initiative, provided at all donor centers and mobile blood drives, comes in the wake of an immediate need for blood donations due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations. Healthy donors are urged to give blood, and appointments are encouraged to allow for recommended social distancing. Donors are also required to wear masks. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.

Donors will receive information at the time of their donation regarding testing results notification. Donors may choose to be notified of their result by Cura Telehealth consult (beginning June 29), or they will receive a letter by mail in 14-21 days. Donors who received antibody tests prior to June 29 will receive their notification by mail. Please call 877-340-8777 or email customerservice@obi.org if it’s been 3-4 weeks since donation and a letter has not arrived.

The testing kits are provided by IMMY located in Norman, OK, and Texas Blood Institute’s medical laboratory technicians will test each blood sample individually. A tube will be drawn at the time of donation. Donors may opt out of the antibody test.*

“Our generous donors are answering the call to donate – coming out in force when the need for blood is great and ensuring that no patient goes without crucial transfusion care,” said John Armitage, president & CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “The antibody tests are a natural step in our commitment to the health of our lifesaving donors, and we are also very eager to help our state reopen medically and economically.”

Texas Blood Institute’s donor center and mobile blood drives have instituted additional cleaning methods, decontaminating work and common areas and equipment frequently. In addition, donor centers and mobile blood drives have been adapted to allow for social distancing. All phlebotomy staff will wear masks. Staff members and donors will also have their temperatures taken before starting work or entering the facility. 

Texas Blood Institute is following safety recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Texas Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.

Texas Blood Institute supports the inventory for patients in all major hospitals in the Texoma region. Appointments can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777, or clicking here to find a blood drive near you.

Or you can stop by our donor center in Wichita Falls.

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds. Must be 18 or older to receive antibody test. This test has not been reviewed by the FDA and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.

Thank you to IMMY for their continued partnership in antibody testing for Texoma.

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