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Rodeo

Houston, saddle up. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is kicking off the Rodeo season with an exciting promotion you don't want to miss. Host a blood drive or donate blood at any of our 17 donor centers or mobile blood drives from February 15 - March 17 for a chance to win one of many prizes, including Jonas Brothers' tickets.

A New Era of Leadership

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is thrilled to announce the appointment of Nikhil Nayak as the organization's new President and CEO, effective January 1, 2024. With over 25 years of distinguished experience in health and life sciences, Nikhil Nayak brings a wealth of expertise to lead the center into its next chapter of service and innovation.

The Krewe is Back: Mardi Gras Returns in 2024

Join the Krewe and donate blood! Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Mardi Gras! Galveston are partnering again to kick off the 2024 year. Together, we set our eyes on another year of saving lives and addressing our community's ongoing need for blood. Donors will receive a complimentary general admission ticket to Mardi Gras! Galveston when they donate blood from January 18 to 24, 2024.

Houston Unites to Saves Lives During National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month, and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is celebrating our community's generous volunteer blood donors, emphasizing their critical role in sustaining our community's blood supply. These individuals play a crucial role in sustaining the health and well-being of our healthcare system, and their commitment is particularly vital during the winter months when the supply often faces a decline. Throughout this month, our primary goal is to heighten awareness about the ongoing need for blood donations and encourage our community to become regular blood donors.

The Woodlands Donor Center

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to announce the grand reopening of its newly upgraded Woodlands Neighborhood Donor Center located at 3091 College Park Dr. Ste 130, Woodlands, TX 77384, on December 13 from noon to 2 p.m. This significant event represents a leap forward in our commitment to elevating the donor experience and expanding our lifesaving capabilities in blood and cellular donations.

Uniting Our Community for a Season of Giving

The holiday season is upon us, and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to share details about our upcoming Commit for Life Day event on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at our Pearland Neighborhood Donor Center, located at 9223 Broadway St., Suite #119, Pearland, TX 77584

Medical Pioneer Dr. Rossmann Retires

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center proudly announces the retirement of Dr. Susan Rossmann, MD, Ph.D., its esteemed former Chief Medical Officer. Over two decades, she has made a profound impact on the field of transfusion medicine and the entire medical community.

Inclusiveness and Equality, A New Age in Blood Banking

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is pleased to announce that we have officially implemented The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final guidelines, allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood without a deferral period based solely on their sexual orientation. With this change, we welcome newly eligible individuals to donate blood at the beginning of November.

Holiday of Giving

It's that wonderful time of year when Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center rekindles the spirit of giving through our cherished Holiday Hugs tradition. This year, we are excited to announce our continued partnership with BEAR (BE A Resource) for a heartwarming holiday toy drive initiative from November 1st to December 31st, 2023

We Bleed Orange: Uniting Donors and Baseball Fans During the Playoffs

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to join Houston's playoff journey and show our support for our beloved baseball team. We are thrilled to announce a special 'We Bleed Orange' T-shirt giveaway to celebrate this exciting moment and thank our generous donors. Starting Friday, October 20, and running through October 25, all successful donors will score this exclusive T-shirt, proudly displaying their home team spirit.

Texas Blood Centers Engage in Friendly Rivalry to Save Lives

In a thrilling showdown of community spirit and friendly rivalry, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Carter BloodCare are going head-to-head to see which center's donors can make the biggest impact on local patients in need. It is a contest of blood, sweat, and cheers as we compete in a unique challenge to put a smile on everyone's face, which kicked off Sunday, October 15.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center proudly joins the worldwide movement this October as we commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and unite in the battle against breast cancer. This annual observance serves as a reminder of the countless lives affected by this deadly disease, bringing together individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness, promote early detection, and provide support to those affected.

Childhood Cancer Awareness

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is raising awareness about the importance of donating blood to help children who are in a fight for their lives. Blood transfusions can be crucial for children undergoing treatment for cancer.

Unlocking Knowledge - Detecting the Trait

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center joins the nationwide effort to raise awareness and promote understanding of sickle cell disease (SCD) during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. As a part of our campaign, we emphasize the community's vital role in treating this disease through blood donations. Additionally, we are introducing a sickle cell trait screening for all Black donors during the month.

Let’s Get Straight to the Pint This August

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is thrilled to announce the continuation of its longstanding partnership with Blue Bell Creameries as they celebrate an impressive three decades of collaboration this August during our highly anticipated annual Pint for Pint promotion.

Black Bear Diner

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is thrilled to announce its renewed partnership with Black Bear Diner for the second time in 2023, making another joint effort focused on saving lives in our community. Together, we work to recognize and appreciate blood donors while promoting the importance of blood donations during the summer months.

Working Together for Our Community

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to announce its partnership with Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana for an impactful summer blood drive. This collaborative effort highlights the crucial significance of donating blood during the summer months and emphasizes the power of non-profit collaborations in addressing community needs.

Taking Blood Donation to a Whole New Reality

As part of World Blood Donor Day 2023 (June 14), Abbott and the Blood Centers of America (BCA) are introducing a first-of-its-kind mixed reality experience for use during blood donation. The mixed reality technology is an immersive digital experience designed to improve the blood donation process, attract new donors and motivate a younger generation to give blood. Donors wear the mixed reality headset to visit a digital world while remaining fully aware of their surroundings.

Giving Back to Those Who Have Served This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is supporting the Special Operations Patriots Fund to encourage blood donations and raise funds for our veterans and their families in need. From May 26-29, 2023, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will donate $5 to the Special Operations Patriots Fund for every successful blood donation.

 

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