One of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s leading community partners, CenterPoint Energy, is doing its part to maintain the community’s blood supply by hosting employee blood drives at its facilities throughout the Greater Houston area.
“CenterPoint Energy is planning more than a dozen employee blood drives from now until the end of the year,” said Kevin Shipley, Director of Donor Recruitment with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. “There is always a need for blood, and because of COVID-19, the need is even greater now. We are grateful for their continuing commitment.”
CenterPoint Energy has been a dedicated supporter of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for more than 20 years. Its electrifying impact on the community has helped save the lives of countless patients.
“CenterPoint Energy’s blood drive program addresses a critical need in the community—lifesaving blood,” said Randy Pryor, Vice President of Electric Distribution Operations for CenterPoint Energy and the company’s executive sponsor of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.
“In 2019, our employees donated 3,834 units of blood, which is enough to benefit 11,502 people. In partnership with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, which serves the world’s largest medical campus, our employees in Houston have collected more than 62,700 units of blood since 2002, and we are proud to continue that lifesaving tradition.”
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is now testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The COVID-19 antibody test will detect if a donor’s immune system has responded to the virus by producing antibodies. The organization will invite donors who test positive for the antibodies to return and give convalescent plasma to help patients in local hospitals fight the virus.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood components 24/7 to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is a nonprofit organization and is accredited by the Food and Drug Administration. For more information or to help save lives, visit giveblood.org.