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Blood Donations Needed: Supplies Critically Low

UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center. Photo courtesy of UCHealth.

Local blood supplies are critically low across the state, and officials at UCHealth’s Garth Englund Blood Centers are asking the public to consider donating blood in the next three weeks to help save lives.

Holiday activities and changes in routines often keep people from sticking to their regular blood donation times in December and January, according to Joseph Dunn, a donor recruiter at blood centers. This year, the seasonal break and the impact of a recent cold snap drastically affected local blood supplies while patient needs increased.

With blood supplies in short supply, UCHealth encourages eligible donors to start the new year with real meaning by donating blood to help hospital patients in need.

“This is a good year to make the decision to make a difference in the lives of others when they need it most,” Dunn said. “I can’t think of a better way to do that than by donating blood regularly. Every time you donate blood you can save up to three lives in less than an hour.”

Donations of all blood types are necessary and important. Officials expect the need to continue for several weeks.

There are now three UCHealth blood donation centers in Northern Colorado:

  • Fort Collins – 1025 Pennock Place
  • Loveland – 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave. (inside the Rocky Mountain Medical Center)
  • Greeley – 6906 W.10the S t.

Donors can schedule donation appointments now at any of UCHealth’s blood drive centers or at select mobile blood drives in northern Colorado, thanks to a new online donor portal. In addition to scheduling a donation, the interactive system allows donors to search for their blood type, date of last donation, total gallons, and upcoming mobile blood donation opportunities.

To schedule a donation, Create a new donor portal account at bit.ly/DonateBloodNoCo or call 970.495.8965.

A person must be at least 18 (or 17 with parental permission) and show a photo ID to donate blood. New blood donors must weigh at least 120 pounds and be healthy. Previous donors must weigh at least 110 pounds with no complications during previous donations and feel well.

Information about eligibility requirements, the donation process, and donation center hours is posted at bit.ly/uchealthblood.

All blood donated through UCHealth’s Garth Englund Blood Centers remains local. She helps patients at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Greeley Hospital, Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont and Estes Park Health.

UCHealth is an innovative, not-for-profit health system that provides the highest quality health care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth includes 29,000 employees, 12 acute care hospitals, and hundreds of physicians in Colorado, southern Wyoming, and western Nebraska. With the University of Colorado Hospital at CU Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only academic adult medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to providing unparalleled care for patients in Rocky Mountain West. Offering more than 150 clinics, UCHealth offers extensive benefits to the community and pushes the boundaries of medicine through advanced treatments and clinical trials, improving health through innovation.

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Megan Kossuth, UCHealth blood donor. Photo courtesy of UCHealth.
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Abdihamid Farah, UCHealth blood donor. (Photo courtesy of UCHealth)
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UCHealth Blood Processing. Photo courtesy of UCHealth.
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UCHealth blood to be processed. Photo courtesy of UCHealth.

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