Heartland Blood Centers expand donor collection hours

By on September 10, 2009

AURORA—Heartland Blood Centers, a non-profit blood bank, is expanding its efforts to recruit volunteer blood donors. With its member hospitals transfusing up to 600 blood products to patients every day, Heartland is faced with the ongoing challenge to recruit donors seven days a week.

To allow more flexibility with donors’ busy lives, five of the 17 Heartland draw centers will have expanded hours beginning in mid-September. The Illinois centers with expanded hours are: DeKalb, Frankfort, Schaumburg, and St. Charles.

For additional information on the new center hours or blood drives in your area, call 1-800-7-TOGIVE or visit www.heartlandbc.org.

The challenge to schedule enough blood donors at centers and mobile blood drives has increased over the past few years, according to Ann McKanna, Heartland’s Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development.

“The downsizing of many businesses has reduced or completely eliminated many blood drives that were once mainstays of the blood supply,” McKanna said. “We have adapted to the economic change by reaching out to a greater variety of organizations and by finding more ways to make blood drives and blood donation more convenient. In addition to opening up a brand new center in Morris this year, we have also expanded our center hours to allow for even greater convenience to blood donors that may live near one of our 17 donation centers.”

Founded in 1943 as one of the first independent blood centers in the country, Heartland Blood Centers now must collect 166,000 pints of blood each year to provide the blood supply for 33 hospitals in Northeast Illinois and Northeast Indiana.

With a top priority of serving those hospitals that have chosen Heartland Blood Centers as their blood provider, Heartland also regularly responds to blood needs beyond the local community, including disaster-related calls for blood. As an affiliate of both America’s Blood Centers and Blood Centers of America, Heartland Blood Centers is linked to a network of community blood banks that together constitute the largest provider of blood and blood-related services for the US and Quebec, Canada.

To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom-free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in good general health. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility.

All community members are encouraged to attend the following blood drives:

Thursday, Sept. 10
2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Kaneland John Stewart
Elementary School
817 Prairie Valley Street.
All donors will receive a
free Heartland stadium blanket.
Sign up online at www.heartlandbc.org.
Call Cindy Krause with any questions: (630) 365-3568.

Sugar Grove
Monday, Sept. 14
3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sugar Grove Fire Department,
25 S. Municipal Drive.
Each donor will receive a
Free BBQ Set.
Call Joy Rubo at (630) 466-7190 or Kathy Parson at (630) 466-4634
to schedule your appointment.