United Hospital Center hosts blood drive at The Bridge Sports Complex

BRIDGEPORT — United Hospital Center (UHC) is partnering with Vitalant (formerly Central Blood Bank) to host a community blood drive on December 1, 2021 at The Bridge Sports Complex on Court 1 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Bridge is located at 400 Forrester Blvd in Bridgeport. To support safe social distancing, all prospective blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by phone at 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825) or online donateblood.centralbloodbank.org by searching with Group Code W4310001.

UHC encourages the North Central West Virginia community to come out and give blood. It is a safe, comfortable process that takes only about an hour – from registration to juice and cookies! The actual donation generally takes only about 10 minutes. First time blood donors will learn their blood type at this event.

All blood donors will be entered into a random drawing to win a gift voucher from Spoonful of Comfort worth $95.00. Spoonful of Comfort delivers bright packages of heartwarming comfort food that provides a personal lift for the soul. The company was started by two West Virginia University graduates.

Every whole blood donation can potentially save three patients’ lives, because their blood is separated into three components: red cells, platelets, and plasma. Red cells are help pediatric patients, trauma or surgery patients, and people with anemia. Platelets are needed by those being treated for cancer, people with blood disorders, and patients receiving open-heart surgeries and organ transplants. Plasma is given to patients in shock, and those with severe burns or clotting disorders.

Most healthy people are eligible to donate blood. Vitalant encourages donors to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water the day of their appointment. Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals can donate, and everyone should bring ID (such as a driver’s license). Masks are required for all donors, regardless of vaccination status.