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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.”
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.
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?
Won’t you give blood here, so together we can continue to help people here at home?
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Blood & Blood Product Donation Locations
Kingsport, TN 37660
Bristol, TN 37620