Ethnicity Helps Better Match Donors

0 February 16, 2018

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is gathering new information from each of its donors in order to best match the right donor to the right recipient. Beginning in February, all donors will be asked to voluntarily provide information about their ethnicity. This information is critically important to help MEDIC better manage its blood supply and get the right type of blood to the right hospital. Most donors know their basic blood type (e.g. O+, B+, A-), but most people don’t know about the hundreds of other proteins that can be found on their blood cells. For most people, these proteins don’t mean anything. There are many blood recipients in East Tennessee who receive blood regularly for blood diseases like sickle cell anemia. For these patients, these proteins matter. When they are exposed to one of the proteins that their body doesn’t recognize, they produce an antibody. This antibody sits quietly until that person receives another transfusion. If they receive blood with the same protein, their body — equipped with the new antibody — may attack the blood causing a transfusion reaction. For these patients, MEDIC has a special group of scientists who specially test blood going to someone who has received multiple transfusions. The best blood for these patients is blood that is as identical to theirs as possible. Sometimes these scientists have to test dozens of units of blood to find

0 November 6, 2017

30th Battle of the Orange and Blue Kicks Off Monday

Although competition has evolved through the years, its importance has not

  Thirty years ago, gas was selling for $.91, Butch Jones was a junior in college, and football fans in Kentucky and Tennessee were being asked to donate blood to help their respective communities in a first of its kind competition. A lot has changed since 1988, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the Battle of the Orange and Blue which enters its third decade of saving lives. This year’s event is from Monday, November 13th to Friday, November 17th. Fans of the Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats compete all week to see who can donate the most lifesaving blood. The event was started by MEDIC Regional Blood Center and the Kentucky Blood Center to help increase blood donations at a critical time. The competition has always been during the week before Thanksgiving. For most of the competition’s history, this meant the blood drive was held the week of  or the week before the Tennessee and Kentucky squared off. The winner of the annual competition was announced during an on-the-field trophy presentation at the game.Scheduling changes now mean the Kentucky game is several weeks before the competition. In recent years, this ha

0 November 3, 2016

During the entire month of November, your life-saving blood donation can go even further! When you donate blood at any location and skip the free T-Shirt, MEDIC Regional Blood Center will make a donation to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is a 152-bed hospital certified by the state of Tennessee as the only Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center in East Tennessee and is accredited by the Joint Commission. As a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, Children’s Hospital offers full capabilities to care for seriously ill children in a unique pediatric environment and offers the services of many different pediatric subspecialties. Children’s Hospital works jointly with the University of Tennessee Medical Center to ensure that injured children in this region receive trauma care at the institution most appropriate for the child’s needs. They also assist smaller hospitals by providing pediatric health care training opportunities. ETCH has been a great partner to MEDIC and we are so grateful to be able to give back to them!

0 October 6, 2016

On Monday, October 10th, MEDIC Regional Blood Center is partnering with Ripley’s Haunted Adventure to help bring in life-saving blood donors! During this event, all blood donors will receive a pass for Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, a Free T-Shirt, and a coupon for a Free Appetizer from Texas Roadhouse. Donors who wish to participate can donate at any MEDIC location listed below. Monday, October 10th: Appalachian Underwriters, 800 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge  12pm – 4pm Big Lots, 264 E. Broadway, Jefferson City 12pm – 6pm Cumberland Medical Center, 421 S. Main Street, Crossville 10am – 4pm Shafer Insurance Agency, 1100 Marion Street, Knoxville 8am – 10:30am Walmart, 1815 Decatur Pike, Athens 1pm – 8pm Walmart, 3755 Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville 12pm – 6pm MEDIC Knoxville Office, 1601 Ailor Avenue, Knoxville 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Office, 11000 Kingston Pike Suite 9, Farragut 7:30am – 7pm MEDIC Crossville Office, 79 S. Main Street, Crossville 12pm – 6pm

0 September 7, 2016
While the Tennessee Volunteers are preparing to take on the Florida Gators on September 24th, the competition among fans of both teams is already heating up. Beginning Monday, September 12th, blood donors in Knoxville and Gainesville will be competing to see who can collect the most blood to help their community blood centers.
The VOLS have been winning this blood competition each year since 2009! This year, MEDIC is hoping to win on and off the field. To do that, hundreds of donors will need to roll up their sleeves and donate blood at one of our community blood drives.
Monday, September 12
MEDIC Knoxville 1601 Ailor Avenue   8am – 6:30pm
MEDIC Farragut 11000 Kingston Pike, Ste 9   7:30am – 7pm
MEDIC Crossville 79 S. Main Street  12pm –

0 August 31, 2016

MEDIC is once again partnering with the Tennessee Valley Fair. Anyone who donates lifesaving blood September 6-9 will receive a ticket for free admission to this year’s fair. Below is a list of locations: Tuesday (9/6): MEDIC in Knoxville 8:30am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 7:30am-6pm MEDIC Crossville Noon-6pm (CDT) Kingston Community Center, 10am – 5pm Maryville College, 10am – 4pm Midway IGA in Corryton, 12pm – 7pm PriceLess Foods in Newport, 3:30pm – 6:30pm Wednesday (9/7): MEDIC in Knoxville 8:30am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 6:30am-6pm MEDIC Crossville 8am-4pm (CDT) Blaine IGA, 12pm – 6pm City of Sevierville 200 Gary Wade Blvd, 12pm – 6pm Dotson Memorial Baptist Church in Maryville, 1pm- 7pm Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, 12pm – 6pm St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Morristown, 1pm – 7pm Walmart Clinton Hwy, 12pm – 6pm First Tennessee Plaza 800 S. Gay Street, 12pm-5pm Sloan’s of Vonore, 1pm-7pm Thursday (9/8): MEDIC in Knoxville 8:30am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 7:30am-6pm MEDIC Crossville Noon-6pm (CDT) Ingles in Powell, 12pm – 7pm Jacksboro United Methodist Church, 1pm- 7pm Walmart on Chapman Hwy, 1pm – 5pm Walmart in Madisonville, 1pm – 7pm Friday (9/9): MEDIC in Knoxville 8:30am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 6:30am-6pm MEDIC Crossville 8am-4pm (CDT) Blount Memorial Hospital, 12pm- 6pm Food City in Dandridge, 12pm – 6pm Food City on Morris Blvd in Morrist

0 July 6, 2016

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is teaming up with Zoo Knoxville in a unique partnership to help further the mission of both organizations. Zoo Knoxville is encouraging donors to give lifesaving blood with MEDIC during the month of July. The summer months are traditionally some of the most difficult for MEDIC. During their donation, blood donors can also help the zoo’s vital conservation programs. Typically, every blood donor receives a MEDIC t-shirt when giving blood, but in July, for every donor who opts not to take a blood-drive t-shirt, MEDIC will donate the cost of the shirt to the zoo. The money will go to help support programs like Zoo Knoxville’s world-renowned red panda breeding program and the first Western lowland gorillas ever born in Knoxville. To kick-off the month-long push, MEDIC and Zoo Knoxville will offer a free admission ticket to Zoo Knoxville for anyone who donates blood at any of MEDIC’s area locations on Friday, July 8th. Donors can give blood at any of the following locations on Friday, July 8th:

                MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center – 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8:00am-6:30pm

                MEDIC Farragut Donor Center – 11000 Kingston Pike, 6:30am-6:00pm

0 June 7, 2016

For the first time, MEDIC Regional Blood Center is partnering with the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge to encourage people in East Tennessee to donate lifesaving blood. Thanks to the generosity of the Titanic Museum, anyone who donates blood at any MEDIC blood drive on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 will receive one free ticket to the award winning attraction. Donors can give blood at any of the following locations: MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center – 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8:00am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center – 11000 Kingston Pike, 6:30am-6:00pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center – 79 South Main Street, 8am-4pm Walmart in Maryville – 2410 US Hwy 411 South, 12pm-7pm Walmart in New Tazewell – 432 South Broad Street, 12pm-6pm Hank’s Market in Oak Ridge – 691 Emory Valley Road, 12pm-7pm Food City in Morristown – 1105 E. Morris Blvd., 12pm-7pm Seymour First Baptist Church – 11621 Chapman Highway, 12:30pm-6:30pm Jefferson City Library – 108 City Center Drive, 12pm-6pm PriceLess Foods in Newport – 208 West Broadway, 12pm-7pm Donors should be aware these tickets expire June 30th. Additionally, all donors will receive a MEDIC t-shirt and a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich. This special promotion is just one of several upcoming summer events. Donors are encouraged to give early, so they will be eligible to give later this summer and earn other specials. Donors can give bloo

0 May 6, 2016

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is preparing to host hundreds of donors at its 12th Annual Parrot Head Party on Thursday, May 26th at its Knoxville Donor Center, 1601 Ailor Avenue, from 8:00am-6:00pm. The event helps MEDIC prepare for Memorial Day weekend and upcoming summer months when blood donations typically decline. “The need for blood never takes a vacation,” said MEDIC spokesperson Benjamin Prijatel. “Our Parrot Head Party is a crucial event because it helps ensure we’ll be able to meet the needs of patients at our local hospitals.” This year’s event is expected to see record attendance thanks to some special incentives provided by local businesses. This year, all donors will be entered to win the Ultimate Parrot Head Experience which includes two tickets to Jimmy Buffett’s June 2nd concert in Atlanta, hotel accommodations, and a $50 gas card. Raffles will also be held for a gift basket from Zoo Knoxville, tickets to see the Tennessee Smokies, and gift cards to Margaritaville restaurant in Pigeon Forge. Additionally, all donors will be treated to a cheeseburger lunch courtesy of the Smoky Mountain Parrot Head Club; a limited edition Parrot Head t-shirt; and coupons for a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich, free Rita’s Italian Ice, and a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse. Rita’s will also be providing Italian ice to donors from 11am-4pm. To complete the festivities

0 January 16, 2016

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is teaming up with Food City, Star 102.1, and WATE 6 On Your Side to encourage those in East Tennessee to roll up their sleeves and give lifesaving blood. Roll Up Your Sleeve week is hosted every January at a time when blood inventory tends to be low. This year, MEDIC’s inventory is near critical levels. Everyone is asked to donate blood regardless of their blood type. Food City is hosting MEDIC at 21 of their East Tennessee area stores across 13 counties. To help encourage people to donate blood, one person at each Food City hosted blood drive will win a $50 Food City gift card. At the end of the week, every blood donor will be entered into another drawing for a $500 Food City gift card. Additionally, each person who donates blood will receive a MEDIC Roll Up Your Sleeve t-shirt and a coupon for a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse. “Right now we don’t have the blood supply we need,” said MEDIC spokesperson Benjamin Prijatel. “If you’re a regular blood donor, please come in and donate. If you can’t give blood but want to help, please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to participate. “ In addition to the locations at Food City stores, WATE 6 On Your Side is also hosting a MEDIC blood drive. One donor who gives blood there will also win a $50 Food City gift card. Below is a list of all of the Roll Up Your Sleeve blood dri