Local hospitals to host blood drives during holiday season

Hospitals across Arizona, including three in Scottsdale, are looking for blood donors to help ensure their patients have an ample supply this holiday season.

While all blood types are desired, Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, has an urgent need for donors with O-negative, the universal blood that can be substituted for all other types in emergencies, according to a press release.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a challenging time of the year to meet patient blood needs. To make it convenient for donors, 28 Arizona hospitals have scheduled blood drives around the holiday season.

The Mayo Clinic, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., will host one from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 in the main building. HonorHealth-Scottsdale’s Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., will have one from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Brady Conference Room.

The last blood drive in Scottsdale will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at the HonorHealth-Scottsdale OSborn Medical Center, 7300 E. Fourth St., in the 7300 building on the first floor.

At the time of year when Arizona’s patient population is at its highest, blood donations are at the lowest, a release states.

“We hope to encourage more blood donations while people are focused on the spirit of giving,” Sid Lewis, senior donor recruitment director for Vitalant’s Southwest Division, said in a prepared statement.

“The gift of life is the most important gift of all and doesn’t cost anything, except a little of your time.”

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