Norman Regional Health System is partnering with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) in blood drives during the month of March. All healthy, area residents, age 17 and older, are encouraged to donate blood at the following blood drives:
All donors will receive free health screenings, Members for Life points to redeem at OBI’s online store and a countdown keychain set to flash 56 days later as a reminder that the donor is eligible to give blood again.
“We appreciate Norman Regional Health System for sponsoring this vital blood drive,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and chief executive. “And on behalf of the patients and hospitals we serve, we thank every blood donor who answers the call to make a difference in the lives of those who are in need. Who knows, it could be a co-worker, a friend, maybe even a member of the family who needs blood unexpectedly.”
Donations take about an hour and can be made every 56 days. OBI provides every drop of blood used by most hospitals statewide including Norman Regional.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is the tenth largest, non-profit blood center in America. In 2007, more than 127,600 donors provided more than 250,000 gifts of blood used for transfusion and associated clinical services in 150 medical facilities in Oklahoma and north central Texas. OBI employs nearly 700 Oklahomans and works with an estimated 800 volunteers and 2,600 drive coordinators.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood at any OBI site, call 1-866-341-8728, or visit www.obi.org to see a list of blood drives and donor centers in your area.