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Don’t Roam, Give Close to Home: Keep It Local With Texas Blood Institute

Oklahoma Blood Institute is urging blood donors to “Keep It Local” by giving blood close to home.  Texas Blood Institute donors will get a special gift from the Oklahoma City Zoo, connecting people with wildlife for over 115 years!

May 17 through August 31, each blood donor will receive:

  • A voucher for two to the Oklahoma City Zoo. *
  • A free “Keep It Local” t-shirt featuring a unique bison design. 

“There is no substitute for blood for patients facing emergencies or those who need life-sustaining treatments,” said John Armitage, M.D., Texas Blood Institute president and CEO. “Donors who give in Texas can be sure that their blood donations will save the lives of their own neighbors, friends or family members.”

Texas Blood Institute relies solely on volunteer blood donors to meet the needs of patients at more than 160 hospitals and medical facilities statewide.  Those with negative blood types are especially urged to give.  Blood can be donated every 56 days.  Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, funds will be donated to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping secure supplies and bloodmobiles for blood centers in developing countries.

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by clicking here or calling (877) 340-8777. Or you can stop in at 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

*Applies to regular zoo admission only. Special engagements excluded. No other discounts may be used with this offer. No cash value. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Offer expires December 31, 2017.


January 26, 2017 ─ Recent news reports addressed the nation’s blood needs. 

Texas Blood Institute provides blood to more than 30 of our state’s medical facilities and has an immediate need for O-negative blood.

Texas Blood Institute is urging donors to Keep It Local by giving blood at Texas Blood Institute donor center locations and mobile blood drives.

Texas Blood Institute, a non-profit blood center, relies solely on volunteer blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the state. 

Appointments aren’t required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or clicking here.

**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

WINTER ALERT: Weather Impacts Blood Supply, Donors Urged to Give

January 6, 2017 – As winter weather grips the state, delays and cancellations are negatively impacting Texas Blood Institute’s supply of life-saving blood.

Texas Blood Institute urges healthy adults who get out as roads are cleared to give blood and platelets.  Platelets are especially needed since they only have a five-day shelf life. They are used for cancer patients and others suffering from life-threatening blood disorders.  Texas Blood Institute strongly urges donors to give platelets to help replenish the supply for local hospitals. 

Donors can find a center or mobile drive in their area by clicking here, or make an appointment immediately by calling 1-877-340-8777. 

Texas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed for patients in all Texoma area hospitals.

**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

“Blood Donor” Challenge Launched

February 1, 2016 ─ Texas Blood Institute invites all to take the “Blood Donor Challenge” between February 1 and May 15.  Blood given with Texoma’s sole blood provide saves the lives of patients in the eight hospitals across region every day. Yet, national statistics show that less than 10 percent of those eligible to donate blood do so at least annually.

Healthy adults*, 16 and older, can typically give and will receive a “Blood Donor Challenge” T-shirt.

“Some of our friends and neighbors face the challenge of staying alive,” said Daren Coats, vice president, western division operations, Texas Blood Institute. “We challenge those who are healthy but have never given life-saving blood to step up, and join the movement.  And, since our donors typically give only once or twice a year, we urge them to give more often.”  Donations can be made as often as every two months or six times a year.

Some 1,000 donations are needed each month to meet the needs of patients in the area hospitals Texas Blood Institute exclusively serves. One single donation can save as many as three lives. It usually takes no more than an hour to donate.

Increases in first-time blood donors and repeat donations by current blood donors will be tracked.  The organization is optimistic that the Challenge will spur those with negative blood types to donate.  Only 18 percent of the population has a negative type, but patients with those types must have it from donors with negative types.  A person can learn his or her blood type by donating. 

Appointments to give are not required but can be made by calling (877) 340-8777 or visiting

* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

Blood Donors’ Chances to Win Cruise Doubled

December 12, 2015 ─  Blood donors who give December 12 through January 8, with Texas Blood Institute will get double the entries in a Caribbean cruise giveaway contest.  The seven-night trip for two will be awarded to one donor who gives before Jan. 31, courtesy of 

A gift card to help with ground travel expenses to the port of Galveston will also be provided to the contest winner.  All donors get nautical-themed T-shirts to brighten up their winter days. 

Double entries are being offered through the holidays to inspire everyone 16 years or older* to make blood donation a priority.  Holiday activities typically detract people from giving.  Even so, patients in eight Texhoma hospitals that Texas Blood Institute serves rely on them for their very lives. 

People with negative blood types are especially urged to give. Only 18 percent of the population has negative blood types, but those with these types must have negative type blood when needed.

“While many of us dream of escaping on a warm-weather cruise, those needing blood are just grateful for improved health that blood donors give to them,” said John Armitage, President and CEO. 

Donations can be made every 56 days. Appointments are not required but can be made at a donor center or mobile blood drive near you.

*16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

Blood Center Names Vice President

December 2, 2015 ─ Daren Coats has been named vice president of western division operations for Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and its affiliate Texas Blood Institute.

Coats joined OBI in 2008, as the executive director of the Lawton, OK, and Wichita Falls, TX, donor centers. Recently, he was promoted to his current position to additionally provide leadership and direction for Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Enid, OK, and Tulsa, OK, operations.
Daren Coats, Vice President
“I look forward to working with these already successful centers by encouraging them to take full advantage of their capabilities and expertise,” said Coats. “Being a part of OBI and its affiliates has been a wonderful experience, and I intend to help grow this amazing organization for many years to come.”

Coats has been in non-profit blood banking since 2000, has extensive knowledge and a strong track record of accomplishments with OBI. He studied pre-law at the Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

“We now serve hospitals that are separated east to west by a 10-hour span. This growth has positioned us to expand our leadership team and Daren is just the person to take us to the next level,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO.

Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America, providing every drop of blood needed by patients in over 154 medical facilities across Oklahoma. Its headquarters is in Oklahoma City. Its affiliate, Texas Blood Institute, is the sole blood supplier for patients in the eight hospitals in the five-county region surrounding Wichita Falls.

Please schedule a life-saving appointment to give blood, TODAY!

Blood Donors Needed to be Everyday Heroes

April 2015 - Texas Blood Institute, (TBI) urges all healthy adults to donate blood at this April. Each donor will receive a ‘HERO” T-shirt. Anyone 16 and older* can typically donate.

“Blood donors are typically very humble about their good deeds,” said John Armitage M.D., CEO and president of Texas Blood Institute. “But to the grateful patients who get a second chance at life thanks to life-saving blood treatments, donors are nothing short of heroes.”

One in every seven people entering a hospital will need blood.  However, of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., only about ten percent actually do. Giving blood takes about an hour, and each donation can save as many as three different lives. Donations can be made every 56 days.

Although all blood types are needed, those with negative type blood are especially urged to donate. Only 18 percent of the population has negative blood types.  Yet, patients with negative blood types can only receive blood from those 18 percent who have negative types. 

Donors can opt to forgo the T-shirts, and instead, support Global Blood Fund (GBF).  TBI will contribute on behalf of these donors to GBF to provide supplies and technology to struggling blood centers. In the countries they serve, lives are lost daily due to an inadequate blood supply.

Schedule you appointment today!

* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

Blood Donors Sought To Save Lives

March 2015 — Blood donors with Texas Blood Institute (TBI) can give the priceless gift of life to patients in our area without spending a dime. Anyone who is healthy and 16 years* or older is urged to donate.

One donation can save as many as three lives and typically takes only about an hour. Donors in March will receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points, redeemable online for gift cards and merchandise.

March donors will receive a donor ‘Hero’ T-shirt. Blood donors can choose to forgo the T-shirt, and funds designated for it will be directed to Global Blood Fund (GBF). Every day in the world’s poorest countries, people die because of a shortage of blood. GBF helps these countries to establish voluntary blood donation – the key to a safer and more plentiful blood supply.

Appointments are not required but can be made here. 

* 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.


The recent winter storms caused many blood drive cancellations, resulting in 2,000 less blood donors than expected. Your commitment to ensuring your blood drive was a success made the difference. Thank you for being a SNOW ANGEL for patients in the 184 medical facilities served by your Blood Institute.

The need for blood never takes a snow day, and we are extremely grateful for your dedication to blood donation.

Below is a list of Snow Angels that sponsored blood drives February 23 – March 6.

38th CEIG
72d ABW
Absentee Shawnee Tribe
Ada High School
AOG Rogers Ave
Bass Pro Shops
Battiest High School
Baxley Equipment/LogPro
Blackwell High School
Booneville High School
Bost Inc.
Bridge Creek High School
Brookdale Sterling House
Buffalo High School
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center
Calvary Christian Fellowship
Cameron High School
Canute Community
Cesar E. Chavez
Charles Machine Works, Inc.
Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital
Choctaw Nation
Christ The King
Church of Christ South Yukon
Church of Saint Benedict
Cimarron Correctional Facility
Cimarron High School
City View ISD
Clay County Memorial Hospital and Community
Coal Hill Community
Coalgate High School
Comanche County Health Department
Comanche County Memorial Hospital
Comanche Nation Complex
Crowell Community
Danville High School
Dardanelle Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Davis High School
DCP Midstream
Dewar High School
DHS-Child Welfare Division
Durant High School
Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center
Elgin High School
Elk City Community
Elkview General Hospital
Enid High School
Eufaula High School
Family Care Center of Kingston
First Baptist Church Marlow
Foyil High School
Frederick Hospital and Community
Freedom High School & Community
Frontier High School
Ft. Towson High School
Gateway Success Center
Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers
Grady Memorial Hospital and Community
Grandfield High School
Great Plains Coca-Cola
Great Plains Regional Medical Center
Great Plains Technology Center
Groendyke Transports, Inc.
Harding Fine Arts Academy
HealthSource of Tulsa
Hennessey Community
Hennessey High School
Heritage Village Nursing Home
Hertz Administrative Center
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Hugo High School
Hulbert Jr.-Sr. High School
Indian Health Services
INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital
INTEGRIS Mayes County Medical Center
J.A. Riggs Tractor Co.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Kiefer High School
Kings, Daughters & Sons Nursing Home
Lavaca High School
Liberty Elementary
Lindsay High School
Lost Creek United Methodist Church
Lowe’s Bixby
Lowe’s of Stillwater
Madill High School
Mannford Community Drive
Mansfield Elementary Kids Care
McCraw Oil and Propane
McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church
Mena National Guard
Mercy Fort Smith
Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Midwestern State University Student Nurses Association
Milburn High School
Mountain Pine High School
Murray State College
National Park Community College
National Park Medical Center
New Hope Baptist Church
Newcastle High School
Nichols $ Saver Foods
Noble Energy Inc.
Norman Regional Healthplex
Norman Regional Hospital
Northeast Technology-Pryor
Northeastern Health System
Oakwood Mall
OKDHS Washington & Nowata Counties
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
Osage Casino - Tulsa
Otoe Missouria Tribe
OU Health Sciences Center
OU Physicians/Children’s Physicians
Ozark High School
Paris High School
Payne County Sheriff’s Department
Piney Grove United Methodist Church
Platt College
Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Tulsa
Prague Community Hospital
Pushmataha Hospital
Rogers State University-Pryor Campus
Saint Francis Hospital South
Sasakwa High School
Shawnee Mall
Skyview Elementary
SouthWest Cupid
Sparks Medical Plaza
Spiro Community
St. Anthony Hospital
St. John’s University Parish
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church
Sterling High School
TPS Maintenance, Grounds, and Plant Operations
Tri County Technology Center
Tulsa Community College-SE
United Regional
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma Society of Petroleum Engineers
University of Tulsa
Vian Community
Waldron High School
Waurika Community
Western Technology Center
Willow View United Methodist Church
Windthorst Community
Woodland Hills Elementary
Wright Career College
Wynnewood Community

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