Blood donor center reopens at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — The Blood Donor Center at Baystate Medical Center has reopened to the public by appointment only.
The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis, it’s the worst blood shortage in more than a decade. This is mainly due to the rise of the Omicron variant, the winter months when blood donations are at their lowest, staffing limitations which have caused the closure of many donor centers throughout the country and the cancellation of blood drives.
Dangerously low blood supply levels pose a concerning risk to patient care and force doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who should wait until more products become available.
Red blood cell donations are accepted, but platelets are not, at the Daly Building Blood Donor Center located at Baystate Medical Center at 759 Chestnut Street in Springfield. To make an appointment, call 413-794-4600.
- Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“The reactivation of our Blood Donor Center has already greatly contributed to the supply of our local stocks. As we continue to meet the challenges imposed by the pandemic on our operations, the commitment of our donors encourages us all in the work we do,” said Dr. Andrzejewski, Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine Services at Baystate Medical Center. .
“By donating blood, an individual becomes a hero to someone by ensuring there is blood on our shelves when a patient desperately needs it. With just one donation, an individual can help save many lives,” he added.
According to Baystate Health, 100% of all blood donations made through its blood donation program are used in Western Massachusetts.