Thanks to dedicated donors who have ensured an adequate supply is available local patients, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has been able to assist blood centers nationwide during times of crisis in 2016.
When calls for help came from Puerto Rico during their Zika epidemic, Dallas after police officer shootings, and Louisiana following its historic flooding, The Blood Center had enough blood in its supply to help those in need across the country. Most recently, The Blood Center sent blood to Florida after the state was unable to collect during Hurricane Matthew.
The Blood Center’s first priority continues to be the needs of its local hospitals in the Texas Gulf Coast region, but once those are met, it is able to provide support to other areas as needed. Local dedicated donors have ensured those needs were met, even during challenging collection times like the summer months.
The Blood Center is also a member of Blood Centers of America, an organization that can help support these needs through the resources of nearly 50 independent blood center members. BCA prides itself on helping local communities, big or small, while also being available to assist others in the network.
The Blood Center has seen an increase in need for blood products the past several months, making the need for regular donations from people in the Gulf Coast area even more important. The Blood Center is the primary supplier of blood components to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region.
The Blood Center continues to greatly encouraging donors to give regularly to increase the blood supply so it can help those in need of donations locally first, then extend support to others if needed. For more on when and where you can donate, click here.