Corewell Health Encourages Community Members
to Donate Blood, Save Lives This Holiday Season
Dec 4, 2023
ST. JOSEPH, Mich., December 4, 2023
- Corewell Health™, in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan
, is encouraging Lakeland area community members to donate blood this holiday season. A series of community blood drives will take place this December at the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Corewell Health Lakeland Hospitals - St. Joseph Hospital, Frederick Upton Education Center
- Wednesday, Dec. 20, from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Corewell Health Lakeland Hospitals - Niles Hospital
- Thursday, Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Corewell Health Lakeland Hospitals - Watervliet Hospital
“Fewer people donate blood in winter months due to the busy holiday season, poor weather conditions and seasonal illness,” said Nick Rambow, interim vice president, Corewell Health Laboratory. “Blood donations are important for our patients all year long. We hope that the community will help by scheduling an appointment today.”
Versiti Blood Center of Michigan is the primary provider of blood for Corewell Health hospitals, and blood donated can help trauma victims, surgery patients, premature babies, people with anemia, and those undergoing treatment for cancer.
The process for donating blood takes about an hour. This includes registration, a brief medical screening and blood collection. Individuals 17 and older who are in good health and not experiencing symptoms of cold or flu may donate blood. Donors who are 16 years old may donate but must have parent or guardian permission. A photo ID is required to donate.
For information on donating blood or to schedule an appointment, please visit donate.michigan.versiti.org
and click “search donation locations.”