Nonprofit Blood Assurance and Williamson Medical Center partner for May 24 blood drive

Blood Assurance in partnership with Williamson Medical Center and The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the BJIT at 3000 Edward Curd Lane, Franklin. (Courtesy Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee)
Blood Assurance in partnership with Williamson Medical Center and The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the BJIT at 3000 Edward Curd Lane, Franklin. (Courtesy Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee)

Blood Assurance in partnership with Williamson Medical Center and The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the BJIT at 3000 Edward Curd Lane, Franklin. (Courtesy Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee)

The Williamson Medical Center, the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee and the nonprofit Blood Assurance will host a blood drive May 24 to try to boost reserve supplies that often drop off during the summer, according to an announcement.

The drive will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, 3000 Edward Curd Lane, Franklin, according to the announcement.

Donors can sign up on the Blood Assurance website, though walk-ins are also welcome, according to the announcement.

“Anytime a holiday approaches, we see a drop in blood donors as people are traveling or have other activities,” said Max Winitz, public relations specialist with Blood Assurance, in a statement. “This impacts our already depleted supply of blood. Additionally, generally holidays mean increased cars on the road, resulting in more accidents where people may need blood. Stocking up prior to Memorial Day is critical for us to ensure we can meet the community needs.”

The blood drives are part of a partnership between WMC, the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee and Blood Assurance to host 13 blood drives throughout this year, according to the announcement.


The May 24 drive will be conducted in the Blood Assurance mobile unit in the parking lot of the institute on the main campus of WMC, according to the announcement. Blood Assurance will give all participants a 50th anniversary commemorative hat while supplies last, according to the announcement.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old or 16 years old with parental consent; weigh 110 pounds or more; and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids—avoiding caffeine—and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

Blood Assurance is a nonprofit, full-service regional blood center serving health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and North Carolina, according to its website.
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