Stewart Regional Blood Center – Responding to Katrina

Stewart Regional Blood Center is affiliated with national blood organizations that are currently assessing the need for blood products in the areas devastated by hurricane Katrina.  Patients are being evacuated from hospitals in stricken areas and sent to hospitals in other cities where the blood supply has not been affected.  As more victims are found and they begin recovery, the real need for blood will be known.  It is then that we at Stewart expect we may be asked to assist in providing blood.

According to Bill Grimes, President/CEO Stewart Regional Blood Center, “Because we expect that it may be some time before blood centers in the affected regions are able to operate at full capacity, we want to be prepared to help. If you would like to donate blood, please contact one of our six regional blood donor centers and schedule to donate in the weeks and months ahead.  Because the shelf life of a unit of blood is only 42 days, it is important that people donate blood on a regular basis to help keep the blood supply stable.”

While people living in the path of hurricane Katrina begin to rebuild their lives, others who escaped the devastation should step in and help by donating blood.  Donors should understand that our regional blood supply must be sufficient to meet the needs of our own patients in East Texas before we are able to respond to the needs of patients outside our area. We welcome donors who want to assure that our supply is sufficient.  Blood can be donated through our Hurricane Katrina Blood Pool, at any Stewart Regional Blood Center donor site or mobile blood drive. Your donation will not only assist the regional blood supply but will also generate a financial credit which goes to individuals who have been injured to assist with medical costs.

Those interested in donating blood may contact the following regional blood centers to schedule an appointment.  Anyone who is 17 years old, weighs at least 110 pounds, and is in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring a valid drivers license and eat a good meal before donating.

        Longview Donor Center, 504 East Loop 281 across from Super Wal-Mart: 903-757-2474
Hours: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm Mon – Fri, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Sat

        Lufkin Donor Center, 2110 S. John Redditt on the west side of Loop 287 at Southwood Drive: 936-639-1534
Hours: 9 am – 6 pm Mon – Fri, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Sat

        Marshall Donor Center, 811 South Washington Avenue on the second floor of Marshall Regional Medical Center:
903-935-6571 ~ Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm Mon – Fri

        Mt. Pleasant Donor Center, 1809 North Johnson at the corner of 19th Street: 903-572-3629
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Mon – Fri

        Paris Donor Center, 3715 Lamar Avenue in the Chisum Square Shopping Center: 903-785-9399
Hours: 9 am – 5:30 pm M – F, & 10 am – 6:30 pm T

        Tyler Donor Center, 815 South Baxter Avenue at the second stop sign from TJC: 903-535-5400
Hours: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm M, T, W, F, 8:30 am – 8 pm Th, & 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Sat


Community Blood Drives September 4, - September 14, 2005


Tuesday, September 6

        Northeast Texas  Community College, FM 1735/Chapel Hill Rd., Mt Pleasant, 10am-4pm

Wednesday, September 7

        Effective Teleservices, 106 N. John Redditt Dr., Lufkin, 10am-4pm

        Zavalla High School, Hwy. 63, Zavalla, 9:30a.m – 3pm

        Beckville High School Community Blood Drive sponsored by The Ladycat Athletics, #1 Bearcat Dr., Beckville, 9am-1pm


Thursday, September 8

        Argon Medical Corporation, 1445 Flat Creek Rd., Athens, 6:30am – 12noon


Friday, September 9

        Willie Lee Glass Recreational Center (area churches), 501 W. 32nd, Tyler, 4pm – 7pm

        Wood County Courthouse, Main Street, Quitman, 10am-2pm


Saturday, September 10

        Boy Scouts of America/Order of the Arrow/Lodge72/Jason Duncan Memorial, 416 Bonner St., Jacksonville, 2pm-6pm

        Boy Scouts of America/Order of the Arrow/Lodge 72/Jason Duncan Memorial, 2440 Gilmer Rd., Longview, 8am-noon

        Boy Scouts of America/Order of the Arrow/Lodge 72/Jason Duncan Memorial, 1405 ESE Loop 323, Tyler, 8am-noon

        Boy Scouts of America/Order of the Arrow/Lodge 72/Jason Duncan Memorial, 1701 East End Blvd., Marshall, 2pm – 6pm

        Boy Scouts of America/Order of the Arrow/Lodge 72/Jason Duncan Memorial, 1300 S. First St., Lufkin, 10am-4pm

        First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Shelby, Carthage, 9am-3pm


Sunday, September 11

        Green Acre’s Baptist Church, 1612 Leo Lynn, Tyler, 9am-3pm


Monday, September 12

        Crockett Area Chamber, Honoring The Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour, Square at Downtown Crockett, 8am-12noon

        Ore City High School, Hwy. 259, Ore City, 9am-2:30pm

        Chisum High School, 3250 Church St., Paris, 9am-1pm


Tuesday, September 13

        Pine Tree High School, 1001 Fairmont, Longview, 9am-3pm

        Titus Regional Medical Center, 2001 N. Jefferson, Mt. Pleasant, 9am-2pm


Wednesday, September 14

        Hawkins High School, 1 Hawk Drive, Hawkins, 9am-3pm

        Tyler Junior College, 1400 E. Fifth Street, Tyler, 9am-3pm

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Blood Supply as of August 31, 2005


        Critical: AB+, AB-,B+, B-, A-, O+, O-


        Good:  A+



        Critical:  less than 1 day blood supply

        Low:  1-2 days blood supply

        Good:  2-3 days blood supply