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WEATHER ALERT- Tropical Storm Cindy: Texas Blood Institute Assists With Blood Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2017 ─ As Tropical Storm Cindy threatens millions of people throughout the Gulf Coast, Texas Blood Institute is answering a call for additional life-saving blood from centers that service the areas threatened by this powerful storm.

Texas Blood Institute immediately shipped more than 300 total units of blood to blood centers that serve New Orleans, other areas of Louisiana and parts of the Gulf Coast region in Texas.  The majority of the blood was sent to New Orleans, for critical needs in case of medical emergencies during the storm.

“It is not unusual for the Texas Blood Institute to be contacted when there are natural disasters in our country,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “Because of the generosity of our own blood donors, we can provide blood to our neighbors when it’s needed.”

Texas Blood Institute depends solely on volunteer blood donors to serve all major hospitals in the Texoma region.

Anyone age 16 and older, and in generally good health, can typically give blood.* To schedule an appointment to give blood, call 1-877-340-8777, or visit txbi.org. Walk-ins are always welcome.

*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
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June 14 is World Blood Donor Day

June 2, 2017 - World Blood Donor Day is proclaimed on June 14 by the World Health Organization and AABB. World Blood Donor Day is recognized by hundreds of blood centers around the world, including Texas Blood Institute, TBI.

“We encourage everyone to acknowledge World Blood Donor Day with the selfless act of blood donation,” said John Armitage, M.D., Texas Blood Institute president and CEO.  “We seldom take time to think about the life-saving difference a secure blood supply makes.  Countries around the world and even other states in our nation are not as fortunate as we are to have loyal blood donors.”

Of those eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent give annually. Yet, people who are healthy and 16 years or older*, can typically donate. Blood can be given every 56 days. Texas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in some 8 medical facilities across the state.

Schedule your life-saving blood donation today at a donor center or mobile drive near you. 


However, any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving.  In turn, Texas Blood Institute, TBI will make a monetary donation of similar value to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity organization that procures blood center supplies to developing countries to maintain a safe blood supply. It’s a chance to ‘doubly give’ to those who need the life-saving gift of blood worldwide. Donors may also text “BLOOD” to 52000 to text $10 to Global Blood Fund.

Most recently, Global Blood Fund has donated remodeled bloodmobiles to Sri Lanka and Mexico, and is arranging to send bloodmobiles to four other countries so that donors who have never had access before can give blood.  In late May, blood bags and other center supplies were distributed in the country of Ghana in Africa.

* To give blood, 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.
For Text 2 Give terms and conditions, visit globalbloodfund.org/help/Text-2-Give.

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.

IMMEDIATE NEED FOR O-NEGATIVE BLOOD DONORS

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 txbi.org.

* 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 fundraisingcruises.org. 

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

Bob Grant