Blood Assurance to become sole blood supplier to Williamson Medical Center
Williamson Medical Center Encourages Community to Donate Blood through Blood Assurance
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. – Non-profit regional blood center, Blood Assurance, has officially become the sole blood supplier to Williamson Medical Center effective Friday, July 1. The organizations will begin hosting local blood drives for community members in the near future with the hope of establishing a substantial donor base across the region.
Blood Assurance is a full-service blood center serving 51 counties and more than 75 health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia. Founded in 1972 as a joint effort of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, the Chattanooga Area Hospital Council, and the Chattanooga Jaycees, the mission of Blood Assurance is to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components to every area patient in need. More than 540 volunteer blood donors are needed every day in order to adequately supply these hospitals.
“There is always a need for blood, and we are excited to meet the needs of Williamson Medical Center’s patients with the help of local blood donors,” said Mindy Quinn, marketing manager for Blood Assurance. “We want to encourage all community members to celebrate life by becoming a regular blood donor through Blood Assurance. We will be hosting public blood drives in the area for the community until we eventually open a local donor center.”
According to America’s Blood Centers, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and this blood cannot be artificially made. Just one blood donation can help save up to three patients’ lives.
“Williamson Medical is excited to begin this partnership with Blood Assurance to further both of our lifesaving missions,” said Julie Miller, chief operating officer for Williamson Medical Center. “We ask the community to donate at Blood Assurance’s local blood drives and help supply the blood critically needed by our patients.”
Williamson Medical Center is located at 4321 Carothers Pkwy, Franklin, Tenn. To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids – avoiding caffeine – and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.
For more information on Blood Assurance, donating blood or hosting a blood drive, please visit www.bloodassurance.org or call 800-962-0628.
About Williamson Medical Center
Williamson Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, preventive health screenings and wellness activities. Services offered by Williamson Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible health care possible. More than 600 physicians represent 70 medical specialties and sub-specialties. The caliber of physicians and care at Williamson Medical Center offers patients a level of expertise and sophistication one expects to find at larger facilities, but with compassion and convenience unique to WMC. In 2015, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center opened on our campus, adding dedicated pediatric emergent and inpatient care to our offerings. With our fully equipped pediatric rooms, we are now able to provide focused, specific care to the children of our community as well as their parents. For more information visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.