Bloodmobile Extends Reach of Red Cross in South Bay

January 20, 2010
Self-Contained Unit Will Make Blood Donation More Convenient
The American Red Cross will debut a bloodmobile in the South Bay at a blood drive at Hitachi Chemical Diagnostics in Mountain View on January 27. The self-contained mobile unit will expand donation options in Santa Clara and San Benito counties, making it more convenient for donors in the South Bay to give blood.
“Having a bloodmobile in the South Bay will help us increase our commitment to meeting local health care needs,” said Jay Winkenbach, American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region chief executive officer. “Our growth in the South Bay is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring that there is always a plentiful supply of blood and numerous opportunities for people to donate that are convenient.”
The addition of the South Bay mobile unit comes at a time when the Red Cross is anxiously seeking donors to meet an O-negative blood shortage. Blood centers often experience shortages during the winter months due to a variety of circumstances that can keep regular donors from giving blood – including holiday trips, an increase in illnesses and inclement weather.
Winkenbach said the mobile unit will help increase the amount of blood collected by the Red Cross. At present, the Northern California Region must import blood from other Red Cross regions across the country in order to meet the needs of local patients in more than 30 hospitals.
The bloodmobile, previously based in Oakland, has been refurbished to ensure the maximum comfort for blood donors and staff while efficiently utilizing available space. It will allow the Red Cross to collect blood at locations where it was previously not possible to set up blood drives.
The Red Cross operates a blood donor center in San Jose (2731 N. First Street), and regularly holds mobile blood drives in various locations throughout the South Bay.
Find a donation location near you or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).