The biggest party of the year at MEDIC Regional Blood Center is right around the corner. The 13th Annual Parrot Head Party is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th, and this year’s event is expected to attract more donors than ever before. The annual event at MEDIC’s Knoxville Donor Center at 1601 Ailor Avenue is the official kickoff to summer for the locally based non-profit blood center which serves 28 East Tennessee-area hospitals. The event helps MEDIC prepare for the upcoming summer months when blood donations typically decline. “Although we usually see fewer donations, the demand from our local hospitals remains unchanged, and this year, many blood centers are expecting a nationwide shortage,” said MEDIC spokesperson Benjamin Prijatel. “Our Parrot Head Party is such an important event because it helps ensure we’ll be able to meet the needs of patients at our local hospitals.” The Parrot Head Party includes decorations, music, games, live music, and free food. WNOX’s Frank Murphy will be broadcasting live and Knoxville’s most famous parrot, Einstein, from Zoo Knoxville will be entertaining donors. Donors can come as early as 8am. The food and entertainment begins at 10:30 and continues throughout the afternoon. 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, a co
We’re teaming up with our friends Titanic museum again this year to thank our donors for their lifesaving work. Donate blood at one of the following locations on Monday and receive a free ticket to the awesome Titanic museum. Walmart Morristown (Davy Crockett Pkwy) Noon-6pm CVS Greeneville (Asheville Highway) Noon-6pm Walmart Maryville – Noon-6pm Walmart Walker Springs – Noon-6pm Norwood Elementary School (Oliver Springs) – Noon-6pm Newport Medical Center – 10am-5pm
During the week of March 13th – March 17th, MEDIC Regional Blood Center and Papa Murphy’s Pizza are partnering to provide a Free Large One-Topping Pizza to people who donate blood at select Papa Murphy’s locations! Blood donors will also receive a free T-shirt and a coupon for a free appetizer at Texas Roadhouse! Donate at any of these locations to participate: 3/13: Papa Murphy’s Newport (102 Newport Town Centre) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s Jefferson City (644 East Broadway Blvd) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s Fountain City (5214 N. Broadway) 12pm – 7pm 3/14: Papa Murphy’s Cedar Bluff (9205 Middlebrook Pike) 12pm – 7pm 3/15: Papa Murphy’s Farragut (133 Brooklawn St) 11am – 6pm Papa Murphy’s South Knoxville (4409 Chapman Hwy) 11am – 6pm Papa Murphy’s Maryville (2602 US Hwy 411 South/129) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s Morristown (2222 West Andrew Johnson Hwy) 12pm – 7pm 3/16: Papa Murphy’s Oak Ridge (1133 Oak Ridge Turnpike) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s Lenoir City (835 US 321 #2) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s S.Northshore (9420 S. Northshore Dr.) 11am – 6pm 3/17: Papa Murphy’s Seymour (11516 Chapman Hwy) 12pm – 7pm Papa Murphy’s Alcoa (727 Louisville Rd) 12pm – 7pm
MEDIC Regional Blood Center honored the twenty organizations which hosted the largest blood drives in 2016. Collectively, donors from these organizations donated more than more than 6,000 units. That adds up to 10% of MEDIC’s total annual collections. The organizations receiving the highest honor (500+ donations) included UT Battelle, Denso, and Y-12. Each of the twenty organizations sent representatives to a luncheon on Tuesday, March 7th where they were thanked for their tireless work. Attendees heard from Knoxville radio personality Dave Foulk. Foulk received several units of blood during three blood transfusions he underwent as a result of his treatment for colon cancer. He reminded the group that the work they do matters to people like him. “I never in a million years thought I would need a blood transfusion, but there I was,” said Foulk. “And I can tell you it’s much less scary giving blood than it is to receive it.” This luncheon was a first of its kind to thank the companies – and specifically – the individuals at those companies who are responsible for organizing and recruiting donors for their company blood drives. MEDIC hopes to make this an annual event in an effort to thank these organizations for the thousands of lives they touch each year. MEDIC serves 28 hospitals across 23 East Tennessee-are counties.
Thanks to the help of our blood donors, MEDIC Regional Blood Center and our friends at Alumni Hall presented a check to The Pat Summitt Foundation for $14,440! During the week of January 30th to February 3rd, anyone who donated life-saving blood at MEDIC supported Coach Summitt’s legacy – where a $10 donation was made to the foundation for each blood donor that week. Thank you to all of our donors who participated in this event and thank you to Alumni Hall!
MEDIC Regional blood Center is rallying its donor base to help The Pat Summitt Foundation in its funding of organizations engaged in patient care, caregiver support, and Alzheimer’s disease clinical research. Not only was former Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt a blood donor, she was an advocate for MEDIC and the community blood supply. On countless occasions she worked to promote MEDIC’s mission and motivated her fans to roll up their sleeves. As a way to say thank you and to recognize Coach Summitt for her accomplishments, MEDIC is asking its blood donors to “Give for Pat”. From Monday, January 30th through Friday, February 3rd, anyone who donates lifesaving blood at any MEDIC blood drive will be supporting Coach Summitt’s legacy. Thanks in part to Alumni Hall, a $10 donation will be made to The Pat Summitt Foundation for every donor who donates blood. All donors will receive a Free T-Shirt, a Free Appetizer from Texas Roadhouse, a Free Cinnamon Biscuit from Bojangles, and a coupon for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame! Donors can give at any of the following locations: Monday, January 30th: Alumni Hall Turkey Creek, 11am – 6pm Walmart Clinton, 11am – 6pm Walmart Maryville, 11am – 6pm Walmart Greeneville, 11am – 6pm Food City Fountain City, 9am – 12:30pm Methodist Medical Center (990 Oak Ridge Turnpike), 12pm – 6pm Manorhouse Assisted
MEDIC 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 during the week of January 16-20. People are asked to donate, regardless of blood type. Food City is hosting MEDIC at 25 of their East Tennessee area stores. 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. 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. Blood drive locations: Monday, January 16 Food City South Knoxville, 7608 Mountain Grove, 5:30am – 1:00pm Food City Alcoa, 131 N. Hall Rd, 11am – 6pm Food City Blaine, 180 Rutledge Pike, 11am – 6pm Food City Harriman, 1130 South Roane St., 11am – 6pm Food City Crossville, 1180 West Avenue, 11am-6pm (CST) Tuesday, January 17 Food City Clinton, 507 S Charles G Seivers Blvd, 11am – 6pm Food City Oliver Springs, 508 E Tri-County Blvd, 11am – 6pm Food City Vonore, 2120 Hwy 411, 11am – 6pm Food City Jefferson City, 1507 Odell Dr., 11am – 6pm Wednesday, January 18 Food City Maynardville, 4344 Maynardville Hwy, 11am – 6pm Food City Morristown, 110
Help save a life this month! Since 1969, January has been declared National Blood Donor Month due to the extra need for blood and platelets this time of year. The inclement weather during the winter months often results in cancelled blood drives and seasonal illnesses may prevent people from donating. MEDIC Regional Blood Center needs 275 blood donations daily for cancer care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases and trauma. MEDIC supplies life-saving blood products to 29 hospitals in 23 counties across East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky. Each donor will receive a Free UT Vols Ceramic Travel Mug and a Coupon for a Free Appetizer from Texas Roadhouse! For a list of locations visit: www.medicmembers.org
With the recent injuries in Gatlinburg due to sudden wildfires, MEDIC Regional Blood Center is reminding donors of the importance of donating blood to be prepared for situations like this. MEDIC’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thomas Watkins says: “Patients who are hospitalized with severe burns can be very complicated to manage and can have multiple physiologic systems damaged, as a result of their injuries. Often, these patients are transferred to hospitals with special burn-units and expertise in treating these injuries. Transfusion of Red blood cells, platelets and plasma are often involved in the care of these patients. One European study from 2016, focused on burn related anemia. The group reviewed the care of 558 adult burn victims. They found that 34% of the burn patients received some type of blood product during their treatment. Approximately one third of the group, who received a transfusion, received all three types of blood components. The patients in the study who were transfused, were significantly older, and were more likely to have experienced a flame/fire-related injury, with burns to multiple areas. Also, as expected, the number of blood products required in their treatment was highly varied and depended on multiple factors, including extent of thermal injury.” To sum it up, burn victims often need blood and need more blood than the average transfusion. Be
After the Tennessee Volunteers’ likely win on November 12th against the Kentucky Wildcats at Neyland Stadium, the competition turns to the fans. For the 29th year, fans of the Vols and Cats will be competing to see who can donate the most blood for their local blood center during the week of November 14th through November 18th. For the past several years, the Vols fans have been trounced losing most recently by 600 units. This year, however, MEDIC Regional Blood Center is hoping that Vols fans can turn it around. Donors may leave the blood drive down a pint, but they’ll be leaving with a lot more. Not only will donors know they’re helping a sick patient at a local hospital, they’ll also receive our annual Orange/Blue t-shirt, a coupon for a free pizza from Papa John’s, a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich, a free Wendy’s Frosty, a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse, and free admission to Fantasy of Trees. This list of locations includes: Monday, November 14th 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) Blount Memorial Hospital, 907 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville 10am – 6pm Laughlin Memorial Hospital, 1420 Tusculum Blvd, 10am – 6pm Methodist Medical Center, 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike, 11am – 6pm Takoma Regional Hospital, 401 Takoma Avenue, 10am – 6pm UT Health, Physic