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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.)
Donor concerns or questions? Please call 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. 

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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.) Donor concerns or questions should be directed to our Customer Service team at 1-877-340-8777 or customerservice@obi.org.

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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Resilient Together

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.

Donors will receive a free “Resilient Together” t-shirt.

All donations for donors 18+ will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential convalescent plasma donors.*

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 guidelines. 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.

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.  Donors ages 16 or 17-years old need parental consent to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies and are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for use by authorized laboratories. The test has been authorized only for the detection of the IgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Test results will be made available post-donation.

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