Williamson Medical Center calling for community to donate blood amid shortage

Blood Assurance is holding weekly blood drives every Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
Blood Assurance is holding weekly blood drives every Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)

Blood Assurance is holding weekly blood drives every Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)

The Williamson Medical Center and Blood Assurance are asking for all who are able to to donate blood as soon as possible to help meet demand in what has become a nationwide blood shortage.

“We are asking anybody who can donate blood to schedule an appointment right now,” said Dr. Elizabeth Culler, the medical director of Blood Assurance, in a release. “Blood and blood plasma cannot be manufactured, and we count on our community members to be heroes every day by donating blood and saving lives.”

According to WMC, when Blood Assurance experiences a shortage, it can usually call on other blood centers for help. However, all blood centers are now experiencing shortages.

Blood and plasma donations are needed, as is plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients. Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can be used to help infuse critically ill patients with antibodies to help fight the virus.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has worked tirelessly to care for our patients through illness or injury,” said Dr. Andy Russell, WMC's chief medical officer, in a release. “We’re calling on our community members now to help aid in these efforts. We are in dire need of general blood donations, as well as blood plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients, as both supply levels are critically low. If you’ve considered donating, please make an appointment.”


Blood Assurance is holding weekly blood drives every Tuesday from noon-5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, 3000 Edward Curd Lane, Franklin.

To donate, donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

Appointments are required and can be scheduled online at www.bloodassurance.org/schedule, by calling 800-962-0628 or texting "BAGIVE" to 999777.

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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