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Blood & Blood Product Donation

Marsh Regional Blood Center

Blood Donation & Blood Product Donation

By donating blood, you can make a tremendous difference in someone’s life – possibly multiple “someones.”

In fact:

      As many as three lives can be saved every time you donate blood.

Marsh Regional Blood Center encourages you to give here in your local community. The blood you donate through Marsh is used to meet local needs. So when you, your family, friends or neighbors need blood it will come from local Marsh donors.

That’s why Marsh’s mantra is “Give here. Help here.”

Who Can Donate Blood?

To donate blood to Marsh Regional you must be:

  • At least 17 years old
  • Weigh 110 pounds or more
  • Be in good health the day you donate

If you have a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or taking antibiotics, you won’t be able to donate.

Find answers to the most common blood donation questions we hear, as well as read about the benefits of donating blood.

Have O-negative Blood?

O negative is the only blood type that can be given to patients of any blood type.

Learn more about what makes O-negative blood donors so special.

Are You a High School Student?

You can help too!

Each year, Marsh Regional awards educational grants and scholarships to students and high schools in the Tri-Cities and surrounding region.

Marsh also recognizes high school students for their contributions through the Honor Cord Program.

Become a Platelet Donor.

In addition to giving blood, you can also save lives by donating platelets, the blood component that causes clotting.

Platelets are used in treating:

  • Trauma patients
  • Surgery patients
  • Cancer patients
  • Leukemia patients
  • Aplastic anemia patients
  • Those with other diseases that suppress the body’s ability to produce platelets

One platelet donation contains 8 to 10 times more platelets than a regular blood donation.

Because platelets can be used for transfusion for only five days after donation, there is a continuous need for donors.

And since your body replaces them within 24 hours, you can donate platelets every 72 hours – as many as 24 times each year.

Learn about giving blood platelets.

What Is Marsh Regional?

For almost 70 years, Marsh Regional has been the largest hometown supplier of blood and blood products in Northeast TN and Southwest VA.

It all started when Marsh established the area’s first hospital-based blood bank in Kingsport in 1947. Since then, Marsh’s mission has been to collect and maintain blood supplies for this community.

Marsh Regional has steadily grown and today supplies 16 medical facilities and 4 cancer centers. In fact, Marsh is the sole provider of blood to Bristol, Sullivan and Carter Counties in Tenn. and several counties in Virginia.

How Can I help?

Find a blood collection center, learn how to host a blood drive at your organization and more.

Won’t you give blood here, so together we can continue to help people here at home?

 

Find a Specialist

View Ballad Health’s network of doctors and search by name, specialty, condition, gender and location. Or call 833-8-BALLAD for help finding a provider who offers the specific care you need.

 

Blood & Blood Product Donation Locations

111 West Stone Drive
Suite 300
Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 408-7500
36.5585275
-82.5513004
1996 W State Street
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 652-0014
36.5956074
-82.205894
2428 Knob Creek Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 282-7090
36.3434848
-82.3989979

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Regional leaders create Accountable Care Community with support from Ballad Health, Healthy Kingsport and United Way of Southwest Virginia

A leadership committee representing 24 regional organizations, along with more than 150 community stakeholder groups, has created the region’s first Accountable Care Community – a collaborative group whose goal is to transform the health of twenty-one counties in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. ... read more about Regional leaders create Accountable Care Community with support from Ballad Health, Healthy Kingsport and United Way of Southwest Virginia.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ballad Health Reports Six-Month Results: Better Quality, Strong Financial Performance, and Significant Capital Investments

Ballad Health today announced operational results from its first six months of the fiscal year, and quarterly results for the 2nd quarter. The announcement coincides with the announcement by Moody’s Investor Services that Ballad Health’s outlook has been revised from neutral to positive. ... read more about Ballad Health Reports Six-Month Results: Better Quality, Strong Financial Performance, and Significant Capital Investments.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ballad Health hospitals increase visitation restrictions due to escalating flu risk

Rather than visit in person, people are encouraged to call the hospital to check on a patient’s condition. It’s also important to remember that people can spread the flu to others for a full a day before they start showing symptoms. ... read more about Ballad Health hospitals increase visitation restrictions due to escalating flu risk.