Johnston Memorial Hospital Blood Bank issues urgent call for donors


Abingdon, Va. – The blood supply at Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH) Blood Bank is critically low. All blood types are needed immediately. According to Donor Recruiter Whit Morison, the JMH Blood Bank is down to less than a two-day supply.

“We try to stockpile for the holiday season, but you can’t always predict how the season is going to go,” Morison said. “One day you’ll come back from a great blood drive and it looks like you have a good supply built up, but then two days later, it’s gone.”

The holiday season is always a challenging time for blood collection, because demand can go up at the same time that the supply of donors goes down.

“We’ve had some emergencies over the holidays that have depleted our supply, and at the same time, we’ve seen a decrease in donors due to illness,” Morison said.

Several blood drives have also had to be rescheduled due to conflicts or unexpected challenges. At least two were postponed when the JMH bloodmobile needed repair in early December.

Blood drives are scheduled during the month of January. The dates and locations for the next two weeks are as follows:

    Jan. 4, 7 – 3 p.m., JMH Employee Benefits Fair, Abingdon, Va.
    Jan. 5, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Food City, Damascus, Va.
    Jan. 5, 1 – 4 p.m., Lowe’s, Abingdon, Va.
    Jan. 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Food City, Abingdon, Va.
    Jan. 11, 3 – 7 p.m., Woodland Hills Christian Church Abingdon, Va.
    Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Marion Correctional Training Center, Marion, Va.
    Jan. 17, 9 a.m. – noon, Scholle, Chilhowie, Va.
    Jan. 17, 1:30 – 4 p.m., Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, Va.
    Jan. 18, 9 a.m. – noon, Child Protective Services, Abingdon, Va.
    Jan. 18, 1 – 4 p.m., Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, Va.
    Jan. 19, 5 – 7:30 p.m., UPS, Bristol, Va.
    Jan. 24, 2 -6 p.m., Coomes Recreation Center, Abingdon, Va.
    Jan. 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Va.

Donors must wait two weeks after having a flu shot to donate blood. Healthy individuals who are between the ages of 16 and 65 and weigh more than 120 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Healthy donors who are currently taking blood pressure or cholesterol medications are eligible. Diabetic donors are eligible if certain criteria such as blood glucose level and routine checks on glucose level are met.

First-time donors over the age of 65 must have permission from their doctors, ensuring that a blood donation will not compromise their health. Donors must provide valid identification, such as driver’s license or a donor card, and have eaten a meal within the last 4 hours and be well and healthy. Donors who are 16 must have parental consent to donate.

JMH Blood Bank is the blood collection entity of Johnston Memorial Hospital, located in Abingdon, VA. The JMH Blood Bank provides blood products to Smyth County Community Hospital and Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. To make a donation, call (276) 258-1710 or stop by the JMH Donor Suite. For a blood drive schedule, go to our web site:
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