Give for Pat Week

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

0 January 3, 2018

On Thursday, January 4th, MEDIC Regional Blood Center and Niswonger Performing Arts Center will be partnering to give away special tickets to blood donors for National Blood Donor Month. All donors who give blood at Niswonger on Thursday will receive a free ticket to the Country Cool Comedy Tour, which takes place on Saturday, January 6th at 7:30pm at Niswonger. The show features three women with southern roots, who have been friends for over a decade; Leanne Morgan, Trish Suhr, and Karen Mills. All three comedians are strong supporters of MEDIC and its’ mission to provide a safe, adequate and economical supply of blood products to the 29 area hospitals it serves. Morgan, who currently resides in nearby Knoxville, urged donors to step up and donate blood for the community. “I donate blood, my husband donates… I was encouraged to donate blood by my parents. Just give me some peanut butter crackers and a diet coke and I’ll be there,” stated Morgan. Karen Mills also has a personal connection with blood donation, having received platelet transfusions during her cancer treatment several years ago. She has been a cancer survivor for four years and hopes that the community comes out to donate blood for other blood recipients. “I don’t think people realize how important it is to donate blood,” said Trish Suhr. Suhr began don

0 December 8, 2017

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is excited to host ‘Twas the The Pint Before Christmas’ along with Ober Gatlinburg and HOT 104.5 to provide a special treat to blood donors who roll up their sleeves on December 22nd! The holiday season is historically a difficult time for MEDIC, as blood donors are typically on vacation and extra busy with Holiday preparations. This partnership will hopefully bring in extra donors to help supply life-saving blood to the 28 area hospitals that MEDIC serves in East Tennessee. On December 22nd, each blood donor will receive a free ticket to Ober Gatlinburg for an evening of skiing or snowboarding, along with a free t-shirt or pair of blood donor socks and a free Texas Roadhouse Appetizer coupon. Donors who would like to participate, can donate at any of the locations listed below. Friday, December 22nd: Blount Memorial Hospital 12pm – 7pm Family Dollar Seymour 12pm – 7pm Walmart Alcoa 12pm – 7pm Hammer’s Halls 12pm – 7pm Dollar Tree Oak Ridge 12pm – 7pm Books-A-Million Sevierville 12pm – 7pm Khol’s 220 Morrell Rd 12pm – 7pm MEDIC Knoxville 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 6:30am – 6pm For questions please call: 865.524-3074 or 865.521.2658

0 December 7, 2017

Throughout the month of December, MEDIC Regional Blood Center and Papa Murphy’s Pizza are partnering to provide free pizza to donors at several Papa Murphy’s locations in East Tennessee. Each donor will receive a Free Large One-Topping pizza coupon, a Free Texas Roadhouse Appetizer coupon, and a Free T-Shirt or pair of blood donor socks at all of the locations listed below: Monday, December 11th: Papa Murphy’s Cedar Bluff (9205 Middlebrook Pike) 12pm – 6pm Wednesday, December 13th: Papa Murphy’s South Knoxville (4409 Chapman Highway) 12pm – 7pm Tuesday, December 26th: Papa Murphy’s Oak Ridge (1133 Oak Ridge Turnpike) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s Maryville (2602 US Hwy 411 South /129 Suite 100) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s Jefferson City (644 East Broadway Blvd) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s Seymour (11516 Chapman Highway) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s Morristown (2222 West Andrew Johnson Highway) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s Lenoir City (835 US 321 #2) 12pm – 7pm

0 November 8, 2017

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is excited to once again partner with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. For the entire month of November, blood donors are invited to skip the free t-shirt that they are normally given after donating life-saving blood and in-turn, MEDIC will donate the cost of the shirt to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. ETCH is a 152-bed hospital that provides high quality pediatric care in East Tennessee, and has been a part of the community for over 75 years.

0 October 23, 2017

The CEO of a MEDIC Regional Blood Center is being recognized for his decades of service to improving health care. The Greater Knoxville Business Journal named Jim Decker as a 2017 Health Care Hero. Decker won in the category of administrative excellence after being nominated by his peers. Decker has been leading MEDIC for the past ten years. He is one of only three CEO’s in the organization’s sixty year history. MEDIC provides tens of thousands of lifesaving blood products to 28 hospitals in the East Tennessee area thanks to the help of nearly 25,000 volunteer blood donors. Before coming to MEDIC, Decker served as a CEO and Administrator of several Tennessee hospitals. He earned his master’s of business administration from the University of Tennessee and his doctor of health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Only seven people received a Health Care Hero award this year in various categories across the health care industry. Decker says, “I get gratification from the fact that I know what we’re doing is helping people on a daily basis. We’re an integral part of the health care system here locally because of the nature of what we do to make sure we have a sufficient blood supply. It’s important that we continue to operate and continue to be here to support the hospitals’ needs.” Decker is also on the board of Community Blood Centers Ex

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0 October 10, 2017

Donate life-saving blood during October 11th – 13th, and get a Free Ticket to Wonders of Magic in Pigeon Forge! Donors will also receive a Free Appetizer from Texas Roadhouse and a Free MEDIC T-Shirt, by donating at any of these locations: October 11th MEDIC Knoxville (1601 Ailor Ave) 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut (11000 Kingston Pike) 6:30am – 6pm MEDIC Crossville (79 S Main St) 8am – 4pm Claiborne Medical Center (1850 Old Knoxville Hwy) 12pm – 6pm Fountain Plaza Pharmacy (2825 W Andrew Johnson Hwy) 12pm – 6pm Lowe’s Newport (120 Epley Rd) 12pm – 6pm World Travel (10201 Parkside Drive) 9:30am – 12:30pm October 12th MEDIC Knoxville (1601 Ailor Ave) 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut (11000 Kingston Pike) 7:30am – 7pm MEDIC Crossville (79 S Main St) 12pm – 6pm TN College of Applied Technology Morristown 9am – 4pm University Park (301 Lippencott St) 1pm – 7pm UT Regional Medical Center Sevierville 11am – 6pm October 13th MEDIC Knoxville (1601 Ailor Ave) 8am- 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut (11000 Kingston Pike) 6:30am – 6pm MEDIC Crossville (79 S Main St) 8am – 4pm Blount Memorial Hospital (907 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy) 12pm – 6pm Food City Maynardville 12pm – 6pm Food City Seymour 12pm – 6pm Harbor Freight (2305 N Gateway Ave) 12pm – 6pm Rural King Halls 12pm – 6pm Walmart Oak Ridge 12pm – 6pm

0 September 29, 2017

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is currently unable to collect double red cell donations at this time. The factory where MEDIC’s ALYX kits are made is in Puerto Rico and because of the hurricane they have suspended operations until further notice. ALYX donations are important because they allow MEDIC to collect double the number of red cells from a donor. MEDIC is still able to collect whole blood donations. There is a constant need for blood but MEDIC is asking for O Negative donors to try to donate at this time, due to the lack of ALYX donations. For questions call: 865.524.3074

0 September 7, 2017
While the Tennessee Volunteers are preparing to take on the Florida Gators on September 16th, the competition among fans of both teams is already heating up. Beginning Monday, September 11th, 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 Wendy’s Frosty, A Free Petro from Petro’s, and a Free Appetizer from Texas Roadhouse!

9/11/17: Food City Greeneville (515 Asheville Hwy) 10am – 6pm Laughlin Memorial Hospital Greeneville (1420 Tusculum Blvd) 10am – 6pm Methodist Medical Center (990 Oak Ridge Tnpk, Oak Ridge) 11am – 6pm Walmart Clinton (150 Tanner Lane) 10am – 6pm 9/12/17: Food City Loudon (2799 Highway 72 N) 11am – 6pm Walmart Rockwood (1102 North Gateway Ave) 11am – 7pm 9/13/17: Pellissippi State Community College (10915 Hardin Valley Rd) 8:30am – 4pm Walmart Sevierville (1414 Parkway) 10am – 6pm 9/14/17: Books-A-Million Oak Ridge (310 S Illinois Ave) 10am – 6pm Lowe’s Harriman (1800 Roane State Hwy)