19 February 2021
Local hospitals host ‘stat’ blood drives, life support to ailing blood supply

Inclement weather tops pandemic to cripple local blood collections

Local hospitals host ‘stat’ blood drives, life support to ailing blood supply
Inclement weather tops pandemic to cripple local blood collections

BEDFORD, Texas (February 19, 2021) – Thursday, amid a statewide and national blood emergency, Dallas/Fort Worth-area hospitals helped Carter BloodCare breathe life back into the blood supply by hosting emergency drives in which their own busy staff participated.

Thursday’s ‘stat’ event held at Medical City Dallas was strictly for collecting platelets, the part of the blood that helps with clotting and has a short, five-day shelf life.

“Medical City Dallas currently has a stable blood supply, but we know our community is in great need,” said Chris Mowan, chief executive officer of Medical City Dallas. “We are very proud of our dedicated and compassionate hospital healthcare heroes at Medical City Dallas who have stepped up  and yesterday to bolster community supplies by donating blood.”

Mowan encourages anyone who can safely travel to please visit a Carter BloodCare donation site to give blood or platelets soon.

UT Southwestern Medical Center also hosted a ‘stat’ platelet drive for its employees Thursday to help build the nearly absent supply on the blood center’s shelves in Bedford.  

Today, Friday, Parkland Health and Hospital System (PHHS) hosts a previously scheduled blood drive and they added set-up space for Carter BloodCare to also collect platelets.

“Dallas-Fort Worth is experiencing an historic shortage of blood and blood products, due to the snow storm,” said Joe Chang, M.D., FACOG, chief medical officer, PHHS. “We, here at Parkland, proudly donate not only our efforts and time, but our blood as well. Huge thanks to the staff who will step up once again as DFW needs them.”

Friday, four of Carter BloodCare’s seven blood drives will be at medical facilities. In addition to PHHS, Medical City Dallas will host a second day of its blood drive. In Fort Worth, John Peter Smith Hospital is also hosting a ‘stat’ drive, as is Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital.

Thursday, for the first time in nearly four days, Carter BloodCare opened nine of its 25 donor centers. More than 200 donors presented to give blood, platelets and COVID-19 convalescent plasma. Most of the centers will be open for regular schedules beginning Friday, February 19, but donors will find the locations and hours of operation updated regularly on the website, with one click from the home page.

Visit carterbloodcare.org or text 800-366-2834 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, masks are required, and if you received the COVID vaccine, you may still present to donate blood.   

About Carter BloodCare

Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 450,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. Tu centro de sangre comunitario.