EMT students organize blood drive at Roane State Center for Health Sciences

Students in one of Roane State’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) cohorts have teamed up with MEDIC Regional Blood Center to host a blood drive at the college’s Knox County Center for Health Sciences.

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. MEDIC’s mobile blood donation center will be set up in the campus parking lot from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m ET.

MEDIC reports that there is a critical need for O Positive and O Negative blood right now, so drives like this one are helping boost the local supply.

“Our EMT students see first-hand how donated blood can save lives,” explained Jason Fox, an EMS adjunct faculty member at Roane State. “They saw the need in our local community and wanted to do what they could to help. We hope everyone who is eligible to donate can come out on Wednesday and help us make a difference.”

Donation appointments are available at medicblood.org by selecting the “Find a Mobile Drive” option under the Donate tab. Users should search for Knox County and then select the Roane State event to choose their appointment time. Text message reminders are available. Walk-ins are also welcome at the event.

MEDIC advises donors to drink plenty of water and eat a healthy meal before donating blood. You should not donate if you do not feel well.

Donors should bring photo identification with them to the site as well as a list of any current medications. Additional information on blood donor eligibility is available online at medicblood.org/eligibility.

As a thank you, all donors will receive a t-shirt, a Texas Roadhouse coupon and an automatic entry for a chance to win free admission to Ripley’s Haunted Adventure.

Roane State’s Knox County Center for Health Sciences is located at 132 Hayfield Road in Knoxville. For more information, the campus can be reached by phone at (865) 539-6904.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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