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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
1996 W State Street
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 652-0014
2428 Knob Creek Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 282-7090


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to raise money for Niswonger Children’s Hospital

On Monday, June 10, the retailer kicked off its annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign, which runs until Sunday, July 7. As the regional affiliate of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Niswonger Children’s Hospital is the recipient of all local fundraising ... read more about Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to raise money for Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Lindy White promoted to president of Ballad Health’s Northwest Market

Lindy White, chief executive officer of Ballad Health’s Kingsport operations, has been selected to serve as president of the Northwest Market, which includes Ballad Health’s two Kingsport hospitals as well as hospitals in Hawkins, Hancock, Wise and Dickenson Counties, and the planned hospital in Lee County. ... read more about Lindy White promoted to president of Ballad Health’s Northwest Market.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Eastman Credit Union provides funding for a new regional mobile blood donation unit

To help Marsh Regional Blood Center keep up with the region's need for blood, Eastman Credit Union donated $295k for the purchase of a new mobile collection unit. ... read more about Eastman Credit Union provides funding for a new regional mobile blood donation unit.