PITTSBURGH, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Central Blood Bank, which supplies
blood products to over 40 hospitals across the region, wants to ensure that
local blood supplies do not "go south" during the next two to three weeks.
Central Blood Bank needs to see an average of 700 donors every day just to
maintain an adequate inventory. "Holidays, school breaks -- these are always
challenging times for local blood and platelet collections," said Mark Lynch,
blood bank spokesperson. "During spring break and the Easter holiday,
personal schedules change and many people travel out of the area. This often
contributes to a downturn in blood and platelet donations. We're hoping to
avoid that situation this year."
Lynch added that this year's unusually harsh cold and flu season has had
an impact on local blood collections. "Fewer 'loyal' blood donors have been
able to make their regular donations because they have been ill," said Lynch.
"For this reason we are counting on first-time donors, college students home
for the holidays, and others who haven't donated recently to roll up their
sleeves and help maintain area blood supplies."
Inventories of blood types O and B often fluctuate around the holidays.
Though donors of these types are in greatest demand, people do not need to
know their blood type to donate. Donations of all blood types are welcome and
needed. Platelets, a component of blood that helps blood to clot, are also
needed, as this product has a shelf-life of just five days. To donate blood
or platelets, individuals must be at least 17 years old; weigh at least 103
pounds (110 pounds for platelet donations) and be in generally good health.
There is no upper age limit and most medications are acceptable. Central
Blood Bank operates 20 donor centers in addition to mobile blood drives
scheduled throughout the region. Community members should call Central Blood
Bank at 1-800-310-9551 to learn about donation opportunities in their area.
Central Blood Bank is the non-profit organization providing blood products
and related transfusion services to over 40 hospitals in Allegheny, Armstrong,
Butler, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania as well
as selected communities in northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Seven
hundred registered donors are needed every 24 hours in order to meet regional
CENTRAL BLOOD BANK -- MOBILE BLOOD DRIVES
MARCH 28-APRIL 5, 1999
SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 1999 SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 1999
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
First UM Church - Fairmont St. Joseph's R.C. Church
Fellowship Hall School Cafeteria
322 Fairmont Ave. Center Ave. & Second St.
Fairmont, WV 26554 Verona, PA 15147
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ingram Boro Building Beulah U P Church
Memorial Hall Gymnasium
40 West Prospect Ave. 2500 McCrady Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (Ingram) Pittsburgh, PA 15235 (Churchill)
MONDAY, MARCH 29, 1999 TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 1999
8:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
East Allegheny High School Armstrong County Memorial Hospital
Auditorium Stage Continuing Education Classroom,
1150 Jacks Run Road 2nd Floor
North Versailles, PA 15137 One Nolte Drive
Kittanning, PA 16201
TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 1999 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 1999
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p. m.
Bidwell Training Center Robert Morris College - Moon
North Lobby John Jay Center -
1815 Metropolitan Street Student Union Ballroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15233 (North Side) Narrows Run Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 1999 THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 1999
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
State Office Building VFD - Pleasant Hills
Room 1601 and 1602 72 Clairton Blvd.
300 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15236 (Pleasant Hills)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Downtown)
FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1999 FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1999
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
UPMC - Montefiore Hospital Rohrich Cadillac
Ladies Hospital Aid Conference Room - Toyota Building
Society Auditorium 2020 West Liberty Ave.
200 Lothrop Street Pittsburgh, PA 15226 (Dormont)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)
FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1999 SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 1999
8:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Greater Richland Minister Giant Eagle - #694
Bakerstown U M Church - Donor Coach
Fellowship Hall Green Garden Plaza
Route 8 & Lee Road Aliquippa, PA 15001
Gibsonia, PA 15044
SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 1999 MONDAY, APRIL 5, 1999
CENTRAL BLOOD BANK CLOSED 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
IN OBSERVANCE OF THE Chartiers Houston School District
EASTER HOLIDAY. Chartiers Houston Junior High School
2050 West Pike St.
Houston, PA 15342
CENTRAL BLOOD BANK -- COMMUNITY DONOR CENTER LOCATIONS
(Days and hours vary. Please call Central Blood Bank
at 1-800-310-9551 for complete schedule.)
ARMSTRONG COUNTY ALLEGHENY VALLEY
Armstrong County Memorial Hospital Allegheny Valley Hospital
Continuing Education Classroom Administration Building
One Nolte Drive 1301 Carlisle Street
Kittanning, PA 16201 Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Cypher Building St. Ferdinand's Roman Catholic Church
Suite 106 2535 Rochester Rd.
3rd and 5th Streets Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Butler, PA 16001
DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH FAIRMONT, WV
Central Blood Bank Christ Episcopal Church
812 Fifth Avenue 405 Ninth St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Fairmont, WV 26554
GREENVILLE GROVE CITY
UPMC Horizon -- Greenville Campus United Community Hospital
110 North Main St. Professional Building, Suite 101
2nd Floor 102 Cranberry Rd.
Greenville, PA 16125 Grove City, PA 16127
PLEASANT HILLS McKEESPORT
Jefferson Hospital UPMC -- McKeesport Hospital
Medical Office Building Ground Floor -- Crawford Building
Ground Floor -- Room 302 1500 Fifth Avenue
Coal Valley Rd. McKeesport, PA 15132
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236
MONROEVILLE MOON TOWNSHIP
Corporate One Office Park Edgetowne Square
Building II 1005 Beaver Grade Rd
Monroeville, PA 15146 Coraopolis, PA 15108
NEW KENSINGTON NORTH HILLS
(Near Citizen's General Hospital) Andre Plaza -- Suite 203
702 Fourth Ave. McKnight Rd. at Babcock Blvd.
New Kensington, PA 15068 Pittsburgh, PA 15237
PETERS TOWNSHIP ASPINWALL
Center Presbyterian Church UPMC -- St. Margaret's Hospital
255 Center Church Rd. 815 Freeport Rd.
McMurray, PA 15317 Pittsburgh, PA 15215
SOUTH HILLS MT. LEBANON
The Manor Building St. Clair Hospital
4701 Baptist Rd. 4th Floor Meeting Room
Pittsburgh, PA 15227 1000 Bower Hill Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
WASHINGTON WEIRTON, WV
Jefferson Court Plaza Cove United Presbyterian Church
124 West Chestnut St. Fellowship Hall
Washington, PA 15301 3404 Main St.
Weirton, WV 26062
SOURCE Central Blood Bank