Texas County Memorial Hospital is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, July 10. (today) Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will collect blood donations in the Jayson Gentry Community Safe Room on the TCMH campus.
All participants will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the entrance and social distancing measures will be in place throughout the duration of the event.
The CBCO is experiencing critical blood shortages of all types, including blood type “O negative,” which is known as the “universal blood type” because it can be transfused into recipients of all blood types.
TCMH receives 100 percent of its blood supply from CBCO. All blood collected stays in the area to be utilized by Ozark communities, neighbors and families.
TCMH and 36 other hospitals in this area are served by the CBCO. Approximately 250 units of blood are needed each day. TCMH uses approximately 500 units of blood each year.
Eligible donors can be anyone 16 years old or older who weighs at least 110 pounds and has not given blood in the last 56 days.
Appointments are strongly encouraged to manage donor flow. To schedule your appointment call 417-227-5006 or register online at www.cbco.org/donate-blood.
For more information about the blood drive contact Connie Brooks, education director at TCMH, 417- 967-1340 or 866-967-3311. For questions regarding donor eligibility contact the CBCO at 800-280-5337.