Free Fair Tickets for Donors!

0 August 29, 2017

MEDIC is once again partnering with the Tennessee Valley Fair. Anyone who donates lifesaving blood September 5-8 will receive a ticket for free admission to this year’s fair. Below is a list of locations: Tuesday, September 5th: MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center 7:30am – 7pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center 12pm – 6pm (CDT) Norwood Elementary School, Oliver Springs 11am – 5pm Sevier Heights Baptist Church, South Knoxville 11am – 5pm Food City Dandridge 12pm – 6pm First Baptist Church of Newport 12pm – 6pm Freddy’s Frozen Custard, Morristown 12pm – 7pm Maryville College (Bartlett Hall) 10am – 4pm US Bank Rockwood 9am – 4pm Wednesday, September 6th: MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center 6:30am – 6pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center 8am – 4pm (CDT) Ingles Karns 11am – 6pm Dotson Memorial Baptist Church, Maryville 2pm – 8pm Laughlin Healthcare Center, Greeneville 1:30pm – 4pm Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Sevierville 12pm – 6pm St.Patricks Catholic Church, Morristown 11am – 6pm Thursday, September 7th: MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center 7:30am – 7pm MEDIC Crosssville Donor Center 12pm – 6pm (CDT) Ingles Powell 11am – 6pm New Providence Southern Baptist, Loudon 11am – 6pm United Grocery Outlet, Jacksboro 11am – 6pm Walgreens Seymour 1pm –

0 August 7, 2017

During the week of August 7th – Aug 11th, Blue Bell Ice Cream will be giving away a free pint of Ice Cream to Blood Donors at select Walmart locations in East Tennessee! Anyone who donates life-saving blood at these locations will get a Free Pint of Ice Cream, Coupons for a Free Chick-fil-A Sandwich & Texas Roadhouse Appetizer, and a Free T-Shirt!! MEDIC and Blue Bell will be at these locations: August 7th – Walmart Halls 12pm – 7pm August 8th – Walmart Sevierville 12pm – 7pm August 9th – Walmart Maryville 12pm – 7pm August 10th – Walmart Oak Ridge 12pm – 7pm August 11th – Walmart Morristown 12pm – 7pm For questions on eligibility visit: http://medicblood.org/eligibility/

0 July 26, 2017

MEDIC Regional Blood Center and Bristol Motor Speedway are giving one lucky blood donor the opportunity to win big! Blood donors who donate life-saving blood on July 27th and 28th will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Bristol Motor Speedway Food City 300 race on August 18th and 19th. Donate at any of the locations listed below for your chance to win: Thursday, July 27th: MEDIC Knoxville 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 7:30am – 7pm MEDIC Crossville 12pm – 6pm Walmart Alcoa 11am – 6pm Walmart Athens 11am – 6pm National Fitness Tazewell Pike 12pm – 6pm First Baptist Church Dandridge 12pm – 6pm Friday, July 28th: MEDIC Knoxville 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 6:30am – 6pm MEDIC Crossville 8am – 4pm Walmart Chapman Hwy 12pm – 6pm Walmart Maryville 11am – 6pm Walmart Lenoir City 11am – 6pm Walmart Madisonville 11am – 6pm Lowe’s Newport 12pm – 7pm First Baptist Church Sevierville 12pm – 6pm Hallsdale-Powell Utility District 9am – 3pm

0 July 21, 2017

On Monday, July 24th, MEDIC Regional Blood Center will be partnering with Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to provide a Free Aquarium ticket to blood donors! The summertime is typically a difficult time of year for MEDIC, where there is a decrease in blood donors but generally an increase in blood usage in area hospitals. Each person who donates life-saving blood on Monday will receive a Free Aquarium ticket as well as coupons for a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich and Texas Roadhouse Appetizer, and a MEDIC T-Shirt! Each blood donation can save up to three lives! Donors with questions about eligibility should visit http://medicblood.org/eligibility/ Donate at any of these locations on Monday, July 24th to get your free Aquarium ticket: Kroger Powell 12pm – 7pm Dollar General Mosheim 12pm – 6pm Dollar General Russellville 12pm – 6pm First Baptist Church Maryville 11am – 6pm Verizon Wireless Sweetwater 11am – 6pm Knoxville TVA Credit Union Downtown 10am -3pm Parkwest Medical Center 11am – 5pm MEDIC Knoxville 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 7:30am – 7pm MEDIC Crossville 12pm – 6pm

0 July 7, 2017

  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 $5,000 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 November 10, 2016

On Monday, November 14th, MEDIC Regional Blood Center will implement new guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration which includes testing all blood donations for the Zika Virus. The FDA required MEDIC and other blood centers to start testing after a rapid spread in the virus which is known to cause potentially fatal birth defects. The new testing is expected to be seamless for donors and staff. During each donation, the MEDIC phlebotomist takes three sample tubes that are tested for diseases like HIV, Hepatitis, and West Nile Virus. Those tubes are sent to a lab where the blood is tested to make sure it is safe enough to be transfused. That lab will now simply perform one additional test before the blood donation is released to local hospitals. “MEDIC has been preparing for this change over the past several months,” says spokesperson Benjamin Prijatel. “We are confident that we are ready to take this additional step to make sure our blood supply is as safe as possible.” For more information about the test, click here. Since all blood is now being tested for Zika, the travel deferrals the FDA implemented in February are being phased out. For the past several months, donors who had visited parts of South America, the Caribbean, or South Florida couldn’t donate blood for at lea

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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 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 August 15, 2016

For the first time ever, blood centers from across the world are uniting to bring attention to a major problem that is affecting nearly every part of the globe including East Tennessee. MEDIC Regional Blood Center is participating in the Missing Type campaign to highlight a nearly 30% decrease in the number of new blood donors over the past decade. Blood centers report that the number of first time blood donors in 2005 topped 1.8 million people. In 2015, that number fell to 1.3 million. Yet with three people receiving blood every second globally, the need for new blood donors is greater than ever. Throughout the campaign, the letters A, B and O will disappear. The campaign will primarily be driven through social media, but it will also include the letters from some iconic landmarks and locations all over the world. Celebrities and companies will also be participating in the effort by removing the letters from their posts, pictures, and logos on social media. “We really hope people in East Tennessee will be inspired by the Missing Type campaign and start saving lives by becoming blood donors,” said MEDIC spokesperson Benjamin Prijatel. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is helping kickoff the campaign by taking a photograph with missing letters in his name and title. This campaign isn’t just for celebrities and companies, however. Ultimately, its purpose is to inspire a grassr

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0 June 16, 2016

MEDIC would like to thank two of our very special donors. This week, Donna and Doug Clevenger came by our office to donate platelets on their 26th wedding anniversary! The Clevengers have turned blood donation into a family affair – their son has been donating with them regularly for several years and their daughter will start donating in a few months when she turns 16. Doug says his father encouraged him to donate from a young age and that he is glad to donate now in honor of his father who has recently become too ill to donate blood. MEDIC is so thankful for families like theirs. Happy Anniversary, Doug and Donna! Thank you for spending your special day with MEDIC! Click here to learn more about donating platelets or to make an appointment.

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