UT/UF 2018

0 September 11, 2018

While the Tennessee Volunteers are preparing to take on the Florida Gators on September 22nd, the competition among fans of both teams is already heating up. Beginning Monday, September 10th, 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. Donors will also receive a Vols T-Shirt, Free Small One-Topping Pizza from Papa John’s, A Free Petro from Petro’s, and a Free Appetizer from Texas Roadhouse! 9/10/18: Food City Greeneville Asheville Highway 10am-6pm Laughlin Memorial Hospital 10am-6pm 9/11/18: Food City- Tazewell 11am-7pm Rural King- Sweetwater 11am-7pm Walmart- Jefferson City 11am-6pm 9/12/18: Pellissippi State Community College Hardin Valley Campus 8:30am – 4pm Walmart – Sevierville 10am – 6pm 9/13/18: Books-A-Million Oak Ridge 10am – 6pm Lowe’s Harriman 10am – 6pm Provision Center for Proton Therapy 8am – 5pm Walmart- Lenoir City 10am-6pm Walmart Oneida 10am – 6pm 9/14/18: Lowe’s- Alcoa 10am-6pm Provision Center for Proton Therapy 7:30am – 4:30pm Walmart – Athens 10am – 6pm Walmart – East Morristown 10am – 6pm Walmart –

0 September 4, 2018

MEDIC is once again partnering with the Tennessee Valley Fair. Anyone who donates lifesaving blood September 4th-7th will receive a ticket for free admission to this year’s fair. Below is a list of locations: Tuesday, September 4th: MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center 7:30am – 7pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center 12pm – 6pm (CDT) Town of Greeneville Public Works 7:30am-11am Maryville College 8am-4pm Ingles-Karns 10am-6pm Food City- Dandridge 11am-6pm Food City- Maynardville 11am-6pm Ingles-Powell 12pm-7pm Laughlin Healthcare Center 12:30pm-3:30pm Wednesday, September 5th: MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center 6:30am – 6pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center 8am – 4pm (CDT) First Tennessee Plaza 9am-4pm South Greene High School 9am-4pm Jefferson Memorial Hospital 10am-5:30pm St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 11am-6pm Dotson Memorial Baptist Church 1pm-8pm Fellowship Baptist Church 1pm-7pm Thursday, September 6th: MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center 7:30am – 7pm MEDIC Crosssville Donor Center 12pm – 6pm (CDT) Home Federal Bank- Union Ave 8am-3pm Newport Federal Bank- 9am-4pm Home Federal Bank- Magnolia Ave. 12:30pm-4pm Smoky Mountain Knife Works 12pm-6pm UT Medical Center 12pm-6pm Friday, September 7th: MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Cente

0 July 12, 2018

Two blood centers serving a majority of East Tennessee hospitals will be teaming up to save lives. MEDIC Regional Blood Center based in Knoxville, and Blood Assurance, based in Chattanooga, will be working with the Tennessee Smokies and the Chattanooga Lookouts on a baseball themed competition each hopes will be a home run. On Thursday, July 19th, anyone who donates at any MEDIC blood drive will receive a free ticket to any regular season home game to see the Tennessee Smokies. In Chattanooga, similar blood drives will be held with donors receiving tickets to see the Chattanooga Lookouts. “MEDIC and Blood Assurance have been trying to find ways to work more closely, and we think this is a great way to bring our donors together for a friendly competition,” says MEDIC CEO Jim Decker. “At the end of the day, it’s about making sure the hospitals in our area have the tools they need to save lives.” In addition to a free game ticket, all donors will also receive a special t-shirt. In the Knoxville area served by MEDIC, donors can give at one of the following locations: MEDIC Downtown Donor Center, 8am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center, 7:30am-7pm ORNL on Northshore Drive, 8am-2:30pm Home Federal Bank Straw Plains, 9am-4pm Sevierville Post Office, 9am-4pm Walmart Newport, 11am-6pm Five Below in Maryville, 11am-6pm First Baptist Church Dandridge, 11am-5pm Walmart Jefferson C

0 July 11, 2018

Zoo Knoxville and MEDIC Regional Blood Center are teaming up to gather lifesaving blood and help support the zoo’s mission all month. Normally, donors would receive a free t-shirt after their donation. This month, though, MEDIC is letting people choose to opt out of the free t-shirt and donate the cost of it directly to the zoo to support programs like the Tiger Forest. Last year, the partnership boosted blood donations and raised nearly $4,000 for the zoo. MEDIC said these events are helpful because it’s typically more difficult for them to collect blood for local hospital in July and summer months. For more information on eligibility visit: http://medicblood.org/eligibility/ For a list of locations visit: http://medicblood.org/donate/

0 July 10, 2018

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is working with two East Tennessee families whose children were hospitalized after being infected with E. coli. In June, several children were treated at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital for E. coli. At least three of those patients received lifesaving blood products as part of their treatment. Now, the community is being asked to donate blood on behalf of the children in order to help with the medical expenses related to their transfusions. Temple Baptist Church at 1700 W. Beaver Creek Road in Powell is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, July 10th for William Zenker. The drive will be in the church gym from 12pm-7pm. A separate blood drive will be held on Sunday, July 29th at All Saints Catholic Church, 620 North Cedar Bluff Road, from 10am-5pm. This drive will help support Anthony and Genevieve Schiding. The community is invited to donate at these drives for the benefit of the respective families. All blood types are needed. Donors do not have to donate at these specific blood drives. Anyone wishing to help can donate blood at any MEDIC blood drive for the next several months. A donor simply needs to indicate at the time of donation they are giving on behalf of the Zenker or Schiding family. All three children became sick after reportedly drinking raw milk, but each family has recently provided positive reports of continued improvement in the he

0 May 18, 2018

Lei Back and Enjoy Saving a Life! 14th Annual Parrot Head Drive Begins Thursday May 18, 2018 – It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and on Thursday, May 24th that somewhere is MEDIC Regional Blood Center’s Downtown Donor Center. The 14th Annual Parrot Head Party is once again bringing in hundreds of donors to help prepare for the Memorial Day weekend. During national holidays the number of people who are able to donate blood declines. The Parrot Head event helps ensure the 28 East Tennessee area hospitals MEDIC serves will have the blood they need to help patients. The Parrot Head Party includes decorations, games, live music, and free food. Volunteers from the East Tennessee Parrot Head Club will be grilling burgers, WNOX’s Frank Murphy will be broadcasting live and Blue Bell will be handing out free pints of ice cream to donors. Donors can come as early as 8am. The food and entertainment begins at 10:30am and continues throughout the afternoon. The event will go on as planned rain or shine. As a thank you for their lifesaving gift, all donors will receive a limited edition Parrot Head t-shirt, a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich, and a coupon for a free Texas Roadhouse appetizer. In addition, all donors will also be entered to win gift certificates for food and a one night stay at Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge. The best way to enjoy Parrot Head Day is with friends and fa

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 February 8, 2018

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is excited to be partnering with the newly opened Anakeesta Theme Park in Gatlinburg! All MEDIC blood donors on February 12th and 13th will receive a Free Admission ticket to the park as well as a Free Texas Roadhouse Appetizer and T-Shirt. Included in the free admission is Anakeesta’s Chondola ride, elevated 16-bridge Tree Canopy Walk, Children’s Treehouse Village Playground, Memorial Forest Walk with interpretive signs, shopping and dining opportunities at Firefly Village and the most gorgeous scenic views in all of Gatlinburg. For more information on Anakeesta Theme Park visit: https://www.anakeesta.com/ Donate blood at any of the locations listed below to participate: Monday, February 12th Big Lots Rockwood 11am – 6pm Morning Pointe of Athens 12pm – 6pm Kroger Marketplace of Oak Ridge 12pm – 7pm First TN Bank Call Center South Knoxville 11am – 5pm Tractor Supply Greeneville 12pm – 7pm New Providence Presbyterian Church Maryville 11am – 6pm Jefferson Memorial Hospital 10am – 5:30pm MEDIC Knoxville 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 7:30am – 7pm MEDIC Crossville 12pm – 6pm Tuesday, February 13th Moe’s Southwest Grill Morristown 2:30pm – 6pm Walgreens Alcoa 7am – 11am Sevier Co Utility District 9am – 2pm Dollar General Seymour 3:30pm – 6:30pm Bradley’s Pit BBQ & Grill Sweetwater 12pm – 7pm UT Medical Center 10am –

0 February 2, 2018

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is once again teaming up with Alumni Hall in an effort to help The Pat Summitt Foundation. In 2017, the three organizations launched a historic partnership to honor former Lady Vols Head Basketball Coach Pat Summitt while also helping the foundation which bears her name. During “Give for Pat Week”, $10 will be donated to The Pat Summitt Foundation for every person who donates lifesaving blood. The money will go directly to help fund patient care, caregiver support, and Alzheimer’s disease clinical research. Last year the effort resulted in the collection of 1,440 pints of blood and raised $14,440. During her coaching career, Summitt was a MEDIC blood donor and often promoted the importance of donating blood. “Pat Summitt did so much for the community including MEDIC,” says MEDIC CEO Jim Decker. “Whenever we needed help, she was there. This event is so special because now our blood donors are able to do something for her and her legacy.” This year’s event runs from Monday, February 5th to Friday, February 9th. Donors can give at any of the following locations: Monday, February 5th MEDIC Knoxville, 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike, 7:30am-7pm MEDIC Crossville, 79 S. Main Street, 12pm-6pm (CST) Laughlin Memorial Hospital 10am – 6pm Food City Asheville Hwy 10am – 6pm Walmart Clinton 11am – 6pm Nation

0 January 5, 2018

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is teaming up with WATE 6 On Your Side , Star 102.1, Food City, and Airport Honda to encourage those in East Tennessee to roll up their sleeves and give lifesaving blood. The annual Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive is January 15th-19th. The event comes as MEDIC struggles to meet the needs of local hospital. Recently, MEDIC has been unable to meet the increasing demand of units of O negative blood from area hospitals. MEDIC will be holding blood drives at 30 different Food City stores in 16 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. In addition to the locations at Food City stores, WATE 6 On Your Side is also hosting a MEDIC blood drive on Thursday, January 18th from 11:30am-6:30pm. 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 drive locations: Monday, January 15th Food City Blaine (180 Rutledge Pike) 5:30am-1pm Food City Dandridge (123 West Highway 25/70) 11am – 6pm Food