MEDIC Regional Blood Center Has Critical Need for COVID Convalescent Plasma and Blood Donors

WHO:                MEDIC Regional Blood Center

WHAT:              MEDIC Regional Blood Centeris now at the critical level for:

                        O Positive

                        O Negative

                        A Positive

                        A Negative     

                        COVID Convalescent Plasma Donors

WHEN:              Immediate Need

WHERE:            MEDIC Regional Blood Center Donor Centers

                        Note: CCP Donors must have an appointment and must donate at the Ailor Avenue or Farragut Centers.

Downtown Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Avenue

Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike

Athens – 213 E. Washington Avenue

Crossville – 79 S. Main Street

                        Location Hours, directions and Mobile Blood Drive List:  medicblood.org

Note: MEDIC is requiring donors at community drives (mobile buses, churches, businesses or other community organizations) to wear a mask or face covering. If a donor does not have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one. MEDIC is strongly encouraging donors who give at donor centers to wear a mask or face covering.

                           Appointments can be made online at www.medicblood.org using the donate link. Appointments can also be made by calling 865-524-3074.

                           MEDIC is allowing walk-in donors.

WHY:                 MEDIC Regional Blood Center has seen an increase in demand for blood products and COVID Convalescent Plasma and is currently experiencing a critical need. 

                        Reminder: CCP donors must have had a positive lab test via healthcare provider and must be symptom-free for 28 days. For information specific to CCP donations, please call Alexis at 865-521-2682.

                        MEDIC continues to follow social distancing guidelines and will continue wellness checks upon entry at all locations and drives.

                           Donors are strongly encouraged to make appointments to donate. Additionally, they are encouraged to wear their own mask when onsite.

As a reminder, the blood on the shelves now is what would be used in a trauma event and it takes three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution.   

OTHER:           Through June, all donors are entered to win one of the following:

  • $500 E-Gift Card
  • Free Month of Mosquito Protection from Preferred Pest
  • Food City Gift Card
  • Hard Knox Pizza Gift Card

WEBSITE:         www.medicblood.org

SOCIAL

MEDIA:             Facebook: @medicblood

                           Twitter: @medicblood

                           Instagram: @medicbloodcenter

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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