Witham Health Services will host a blood drive on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at our Lebanon campus. Witham has a long history of support for the Versiti Blood Center of Indiana and participates in quarterly corporate blood drives allowing Witham employees to give back to the community in the convenience of their workplace. The blood drives are also open to the public.
Just this week, Versiti Blood Center of Indiana issued an emergency appeal for blood donations. With less than a day’s supply of available blood, communities throughout the state face a potential crisis as hospitals may not have the blood needed to treat patients.
Heading into the summer months, Versiti has seen a drastic drop in scheduled appointments, with nearly 2,500 open appointments over the next seven days. 25 percent of their blood collections come from their high school and college partners, meaning that when it’s summer vacation, those community blood drives are not happening. Unfortunately, the need for blood does not take a summer vacation. While Versiti anticipates this dip every year, the situation is compounded by the fact that they are also seeing fewer first-time donors walking through the doors, which is adding to an already dangerous situation.
Potential donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent form signed), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health. Donors must also present a picture I.D., such as a driver’s license. Donations are welcome from all community members, not just Witham employees. The blood drive location is at the hospital’s main campus located at 2605 N. Lebanon Street. Please enter through the North Pavilion, Entrance A and follow directions to the North Pavilion Conference Rooms. Interested donors are encouraged to go online to schedule https://bit.ly/WithamHospital-BloodDrive-6-21. Walk-ins are also welcome. For additional information please call 485-8120.