New travel restrictions are going into effect for blood donors who have recently traveled to areas where the Zika virus is spreading. Anyone who has traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, and/or Central or South America in the last 28 days, is being asked not to donate blood. Donors are asked to return to donate if they are feeling healthy and have not been in one of the affected areas for at least 28 days. Zika virus infection is mild in most people, but there is concern that Zika is causing serious brain injury to infants whose mothers have been infected during pregnancy. Zika can be present in the blood of an infected person who has no symptoms of illness. Donors who have questions about their eligibility can call 865-524-3074. Visit the CDC website, for more information on the Zika Virus.
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
The University of Tennessee Volunteers easily tamed the University of Kentucky Wildcats in October, but the competition between these rivals isn’t over yet. The 28th Annual Battle of the Orange and Blue is scheduled for November 16th-20th. The event is a partnership between MEDIC Regional Blood Center in Knoxville and the Kentucky Blood Center in Lexington. The two centers compete to see who can get the most donors to give lifesaving blood. Currently, Kentucky donors hold a 14-12-1 lead over Tennessee including wins the past five years. In an effort to turn things around this year, MEDIC is partnering with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. All donors who give blood during Orange and Blue will receive a free ticket to Fantasy of Trees, the annual fundraising event at the Knoxville Convention Center that benefits Children’s Hospital. Donors also receive a special edition Orange and Blue 2015 t-shirt and coupons for a free, small one-topping pizza from Papa John’s and a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse. In an effort to reach as many donors as possible, MEDIC is hosting a record 43 blood drives in 16 East Tennessee counties. Those include: Monday, November 16th MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center – 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center – 11000 Kingston Pike, 7am-6:30pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center – 79 S.
While the Tennessee Volunteers are preparing to take on the Florida Gators on September 26th, the competition among fans of both teams is already heating up. Beginning Monday, September 14th, blood donors in Knoxville and Gainesville will be competing to see who can collect the most blood to help their community blood centers. On the field, the Gators enjoy a 10-game winning streak, but when it comes to blood donations, the Vols have been winning 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 14th MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center – 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center – 11000 Kingston Pike, 7am-6:30pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center – 79 S. Main, Noon-6pm (CDT) UT HPER Building, 10am-6pm UT College of Law, 9am-5pm Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville, 10am-6pm Laughlin Memorial Hospital in Greeneville, 10am-6pm Food City in Maynardville, 10am-6pm Walmart in Clinton, 10am-6pm Tuesday, September 15th MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center – 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center – 11000 Kingston Pike, 7am-6:30pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center – 79 S. Main, Noon-6pm (CDT) UT HPER Building, 10am-6pm UT Hess Hall, Noon-8pm Food City in New Ta
MEDIC Regional Blood Center is once again teaming up with the Tennessee Valley Fair to offer free fair tickets to all donors. Anyone who donates blood September 8th-September 11th will get one free admission to the Tennessee Valley Fair. Here is a list of all MEDIC blood drives where donors can receive free tickets to the fair: Tuesday MEDIC Downtown Donor Center – 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center – 11000 Kingston Pike, 7am-6:30pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center – 79 South Main Street, Noon-6pm (CDT) Roane Medical Center – 8045 Roane Medical Center Drive, 7am-1pm Wednesday MEDIC Downtown Donor Center – 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center – 11000 Kingston Pike, 6am-5:30pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center – 79 South Main Street, 8am-4pm (CDT) Lafollette Medical Center – 923 E Central Avenue,9am-5pmWalmart New Tazewell – 432 South Broad Street, 10am-6pm St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Morristown – 2518 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy, 11am-6pm Roane Medical Center – 8045 Roane Medical Center Drive, Noon-7pm Thursday MEDIC Downtown Donor Center – 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center – 11000 Kingston Pike, 7am-6:30pm MEDIC Crossville Donor Center – 79 South Main Street, Noon-6pm (CDT) Smoky Mountain Knife Works – 2320 Winfield Dunn Parkway, 11am-6pm Price Less – 208 West Broa
MEDIC is giving away a pair of tickets to see the Tennessee Vols take on the Oklahoma Sooners to one person who donates lifesaving blood. Everyone who donates blood on Thursday, September 3rd will be entered to win the tickets. Donors at all locations will be entered. The game on September 12th is the first game of the season at Neyland Stadium and is one of the most anticipated match ups for the Vols. “Our donors have done a phenomenal job of making sure our hospitals had the blood they needed throughout the summer, but in the past two weeks we’ve seen our inventory drop off. This promotion has come at a much needed time,” said MEDIC Regional CEO Jim Decker. The giveaway coincides with the tradition Tennessee Tailgate cookout held at MEDIC’s Downtown Donor Center each year. MEDIC staff will provide a hot dog lunch to all those who donate between 11am-2pm. In addition to be being entered to win the pair of tickets, donors will also receive a MEDIC t-shirt and coupons for a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich and a Texas Roadhouse appetizer. Donors with questions about eligibility can go to medicblood.org/eligibility or call (865) 524-3074.
MEDIC Regional Blood Center is teaming up with the Knoxville Zoo to offer a great incentive to blood donors. On Thursday, August 6th, anyone who donates at a MEDIC blood drive will receive a ticket for one free admission to the Knoxville Zoo. That’s in addition to receiving a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich, a free Texas Roadhouse appetizer, and a MEDIC t-shirt. The tickets are provided complimentary of the Knoxville Zoo to help encourage the community to donate blood. Donors can give at any of these locations: MEDIC Downtown Donor Center, 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30 MEDIC Farragut Donor Center, 11000 Kingston Pike, 7:30am-7:00pm Food City in Powell, 7350 Clinton Highway Noon-7pm Food City in Jefferson City, 1507 Odell Drive, Noon-7pm Fazolli’s Lafollette, 2449 Jacksboro Pike, Noon-7pm First United Methodist Church, 3316 Kingston Pike, Noon-7pm Norris Community Center, 20 Chestnut Drive, 9am-3pm First Tennessee Bank Call Center, 6522 Chapman Highway, 8am-5pm The Knoxville Zoo is also bringing some of their animal ambassadors to the Food City in Powell from Noon-2pm. Donors will get the opportunity to meet and have their pictures taken with some of the zoo’s great residents. MEDIC blood donors will also have the opportunity to help the conservation efforts happening every day at the Knoxville Zoo. During the month of August, donors can opt out of receiving a t-shirt. In
MEDIC Regional Blood Center is teaming up with Bruster’s Ice Cream to save lives in East Tennessee. Everyone who donates blood at a MEDIC blood drive on Monday, June 29th or Tuesday, June 30th will receive a coupon for a free pint of Bruster’s Ice Cream.With temperatures over 90º for much of the past two weeks, this offer couldn’t come at a better time for donors – or for patients at local hospitals. For the past week, MEDIC has not been able to fulfill every order from our local hospitals due to the short supply of blood. All blood types are currently needed. Donors can give at any of the following locations: Monday, June 29th MEDIC Downtown Donor Center, 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8:30am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center, 11000 Kingston Pike, 7:30am-7:00pm Bruster’s Ice Cream, 906 E. Emory Road, 11:00am-7:00pm Bruster’s Ice Cream, 1043 Old Cedar Bluff Road, 11:00am-7:00pm Bruster’s Ice Cream, 7670 S. Northshore Drive, 12:00pm-7:00pm Walmart in Madisonville, 4525 Highway 411, 12:00pm-7:00pm Seymour First Baptist, 11621 Chapman Highway, 12:00pm-6:00pm Buffat Heights Baptist, 2800 Mill Road, 12:00pm-7:00pm Tuesday, June 30th MEDIC Downtown Donor Center, 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8:30am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Donor Center, 11000 Kingston Pike, 7:30am-7:00pm Brus
Our 11th Annual Parrot Head Party is scheduled for May 21st at MEDIC’s Downtown Donor Center on Ailor Avenue. We’re teaming up with the Smoky Mountain Parrot Head Club to put on a great event. All donors will be treated to a cheeseburger lunch, free Rita’s Italian Ice, a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich, a coupon for a free Texas Roadhouse appetizer, and a limited-edition Parrot Head t-shirt. All donors will also be entered to win two tickets to see Garth Brooks in concert on Saturday, May 30th and a gift basket from Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge. This is one of our most exciting and popular events of the year. We hope you’ll join us!
For years you’ve probably heard about the importance of O- blood. It is, after all, the universal donor. Hospitals love it because they can virtually transfuse a unit of O- blood into anyone regardless of their blood type. Even donors with O+ and A+ blood types have been in high demand. Those blood types account for more than 70% of the country’s population, but rarely do you hear about the need for those with other blood types — especially AB blood. The problem with AB blood is that it can only be used by those with AB blood, and only 6% of people have either AB+ or AB- blood. While their blood type is needed and their donations are appreciated, the collection of that blood type is often prioritized behind other blood types more often used for transfusions. But things are changing at MEDIC; AB donors are in high demand. Why? Blood is made up of red cells, white cells, plasma and platelets. Although AB red cells can only go to those with AB blood, AB plasma can go to anyone. That’s right — AB blood is the universal plasma donor. Plasma is a commonly used blood product used to help trauma patients, burn victims, and cancer patients. MEDIC now has the technology needed for donors to give only plasma. AB donors are being encouraged to participate. The donation process is exactly the same. The only difference is that instead of