American Red Cross North Suburban Blood Donation Center Moving to Arden Hills
The American Red Cross North Suburban Blood Donation Center is moving a few blocks from its current location in Shoreview to Arden Hills, Minn. as part of an expansion that will offer donors the opportunity to give lifesaving platelets in addition to whole blood and double red cells.
The new North Suburban Blood Donation Center is easy to find, located at the corners of Lexington Avenue and County Road E (next to TCF Bank), and features convenient street level access and surface parking. The center will open on December 13, 2010 for whole blood and double red cell donations, and January 3, 2011 for platelet donations. The street address is 1160 West County Road E in Arden Hills.
“Red Cross blood and platelet donors in the northern suburbs will be pleased with the convenient location and accessibility of the relocated North Suburban Blood Donation Center,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “This new site will also allow for more platelet donors to help meet the growing need of patients.”
Platelets are small blood components that help the clotting process by sticking to the lining of blood vessels. Platelets are essential to cancer patients, who often rely on transfusions following chemotherapy and radiation. Donors can give platelets through a process called apheresis where the platelets and some plasma are collected into a sterile collection bag while the red cells and most of the plasma are returned back to the donor. You can give platelets up to 24 times per year.
As of January 3, 2011, platelet donation hours will be:
Monday and Tuesday from 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Red blood cells are the most transfused blood component. They contain hemoglobin, a complex protein containing iron that carries oxygen through the body. Red blood cells and plasma can be donated through a whole blood donation or by double red cell donation where two units of red cells are given while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor through apheresis. You can give whole blood every 56 days, up to six times per year, and double red cells every 112 days, up to three times per year.
As of December 13, 2010, whole blood and double red cell donation hours will be:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 -7:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays (first and third) from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
How to Donate Blood or Platelets
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information about eligibility and to make an appointment to donate. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients, especially platelets and type O negative blood. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good general health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.