Great River Health Systems to host blood drive Feb. 25

Every three seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood because of illness or injury. To help meet this need, Great River Health System is hosting a Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 25, in the lobby of Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington.

The blood center provides all blood and blood components to Great River Medical Center patients – more than 1,500 blood cell units a year.

More than one-third of the population is eligible to give blood, but less than 10 percent donate. Donors must be 17 years old (16 with a signed Parental Consent Form), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Photo identification is required to donate. Donors who last gave blood on or before Dec. 31 are eligible to give at this drive.

Donors may walk in or make an appointment by calling (319) 768-3303. They also can register online:

  • Visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.
  • Click Create My Account.
  • After logging on, click Donate Blood.
  • In Step 1 at the top of the screen, search for Great River Health System.
  • Click Feb. 25.
  • Click Schedule next to the time you choose.

Scheduling online earns points for gear at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center’s Donor Loyalty Store.

To prepare for donation, eat a snack before donating and drink plenty of fluids before and after giving blood.

The major reasons patients need blood are cancer, heart and blood vessel disease, gastrointestinal diseases and emergencies such as car accidents and burns. There is no substitute for blood; it must come from donors. Every unit of blood donated can save up to four lives.

The not-for-profit Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center provides all the blood products used at Great River Medical Center and 86 other hospitals in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. Based in Davenport, it tests, processes and distributes more than 250,000 units of blood components each year.

For more information about donating blood, please visit www.bloodcenter.org.