We recognize that there is a desire from the community to give back as a result of the challenging times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic the past two years. One of the most significant ways the community can assist with healthcare is by donating blood. In fact, in March we hosted our most successful blood drive to date. If you missed us then, we’d love to see you at our May 25 event.
As a reminder, you can donate blood if:
- You are 17 years old or older
- You are in good health
- You weigh more than 110 pounds
A red blood cell donation takes 30 minutes or less after initial screening, and a platelet donation takes 90 minutes or less after initial screening. Also, donors receive a free wellness exam that includes blood pressure, temperature and pulse checks and a hemoglobin/iron test.
It’s important to note that there have been no reported cases of any respiratory virus transmitted by blood—including COVID-19. Blood donation remains a safe process, and members of the community should not hesitate to give the gift of life during this health crisis.
Upcoming Community Blood Drive at NCH
Join us from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wed., May 25, in Rooms 6 and 7of the main hospital to donate blood. Many appointments are still open. To make an appointment online visit https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5599967. Appointments are preferred; however, walk-ins are welcome. Photo ID and mask are required.
NCH works with Versiti Blood Centers of Illinois and plan to host monthly blood drives throughout 2022 –on June 22; July 27; August 24; September 28; October 26; November 29 and December 21.