Close up of male donor giving blood and holding red stress ball in hand at donation center (Envato Elements)

Knoxville (September 14, 2023) – MEDIC Regional Blood Center has a stable inventory of blood products. MEDIC does have a low inventory of O Negative and O Positive blood types, but those levels are not critical currently.

The American Red Cross recently distributed a new alert that there is a national blood shortage crisis. The ARC blood supply does not affect community blood centers and specifically our area of the country as MEDIC is the provider of products. The ARC is an independent organization that is unaffiliated with community blood centers. MEDIC is not affiliated with the American Red Cross and the two organizations do not partner in any way to collect blood products. The American Red Cross does not supply any of the hospitals in our region.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is an independent nonprofit community blood center. MEDIC is the primary blood product provider for 26 hospitals in 23 counties in East Tennessee and Southeastern Kentucky. This includes Blount Memorial Hospital, Covenant Health System, East TN Children’s Hospital, Tennova, and the University of Tennessee Medical Center locations.

America’s Blood Centers responded with this statement: The blood supply is largely local and while blood inventories in general remain lower than ideal, community blood centers can meet patient demand. There are concerning trends across the country that must be addressed, including decreases in first-time donors and donors under the age of 50, and fewer school and business-based blood drives. Blood centers are also rebounding from low donations during the summer months, a traditionally challenging time for blood donation, and collection disruptions due to natural disasters in some parts of the country.

MEDIC is currently hosting its annual MEDIC versus LifeSouth (UT vs FL) blood drive competition. Appointments for donations are preferred, but walk-in donors are welcome. Donors can call 865-524-3074 to schedule their appointment or visit or download the new MEDIC donor app to search for a drive closest to them and schedule their appointment. For more information on MEDIC Regional Blood Center, please visit our website at or contact Vice President of Communications Kristy Altman at or by phone at 865-805-2008.

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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