• Dignity Health Hospitals Again Partner with Vitalant to Host Community Life-Saving Blood Drives during Shortage

    Blood bank facing critical shortages of blood and platelets and encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment. Type O has plummeted to under a two-day supply, its lowest levels since May 2020. 
    CENTRAL COAST, CA – November 16, 2021 – After thirteen successful blood drives and enough blood donated to save 1,485 lives, Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals have again partnered with Vitalant to encourage community members to donate blood. In order to bolster local and national blood supplies, Vitalant is calling on the community to come forward and give blood. The process takes only 45 minutes but can save up to three lives.
    The drive is scheduled for each hospital on the following dates:
    Arroyo Grande Community Hospital – Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 9 am - 2 pm in the Annex Conference Room, 345 South Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande
    Marian Regional Medical Center – Monday, December 6, 2021, 9 am - 2 pm outside building 1 at 1400 East Church Street, Santa Maria
    French Hospital Medical Center – Thursday, December 9, 2021, 9 am – 2 pm at the Copeland Health Education Pavilion, 1911 South Johnson Ave., San Luis Obispo
    There is currently a critical shortage of blood, and all community members are asked to take the short amount of time to donate. Community members wishing to donate are urged to sign up at www.blood4life.org. Do not donate if you are feeling ill.
    In the wake of COVID-19 responses, Vitalant is urging groups to continue organizing blood drives and individuals to continue donating blood, unless local public health officials specifically direct otherwise. Blood drives at schools, churches, community groups, and religious institutions - which represent more than 60% of the nation’s blood supply - have been all but canceled, and are critical to health care in our country.
    Despite the ongoing need, it is now especially challenging to recruit donors, which affects Vitalant’s blood supply. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important. The current O-negative blood supply sits at an approximate two-day supply, which is half of the ideal quantity needed to support patient needs. Additionally, platelet donations, which have a shelf-life of only five days, are always in high demand. However, donors of all types are needed.