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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 Healths 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
36.559194
-82.551227
1996 W State Street
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 652-0014
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2428 Knob Creek Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 282-7090
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Monday, February 19, 2018

The 2018 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon set for Feb. 26-27


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon, the hospital's second-largest annual fundraiser, is coming up Feb. 26-27. Hosted by the Ballad Health Foundation and now in its sixth year, the radiothon brings the community together to support the region’s only children’s hospital. ... read more about The 2018 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon set for Feb. 26-27.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Audition dates, times announced for 2018’s ‘Broadway Comes to Greeneville’

Auditions have been set for the upcoming “Broadway Comes to Greeneville,” which raises awareness and support for Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Beginning Feb. 19, auditions will take place across the region for children who want to be cast in the annual event, now in its seventh year. “Broadway Comes to Greeneville” is a production of the Ballad Health Foundation and presenting sponsor Consumer Credit Union. It’s a Broadway-style show featuring the youth talent selected at the upcoming auditions. ... read more about Audition dates, times announced for 2018’s ‘Broadway Comes to Greeneville’.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Ballad Health officially launches, marking the start of a new story in healthcare for Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – More than 250 team members, physicians, community leaders and elected officials gathered at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center Friday morning, Feb. 2, to celebrate the culmination of a region-wide effort to transform local healthcare and set the stage for improving community health. ... read more about Ballad Health officially launches, marking the start of a new story in healthcare for Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia.