Area road work could affect blood supply

As area road repairs continue, officials at Rock River Valley Blood Center worry that it could affect the local blood supply.

Due to the construction on North Second Street/251, Alpine and Guilford roads, a regularly planned trip to the blood center can take much longer than planned, and it may deter donors from coming in.

“We are concerned that donors may not come in to donate because of the road work in the area,” said Heidi Ognibene, RRVBC Donor Resource manager. “Getting to the blood center from the east side of town is far from convenient at this time. RRVCB must collect at least 825 units of blood each week to meet the demands of the Rock River Valley.”

Donors are urged to make an appointment to donate blood and help to keep the local supply adequate.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center is the sole supplier of blood and related services to OSF Saint Anthony, Rockford Memorial, SwedishAmerican, Beloit Memorial, Edgerton Memorial Community, Freeport Health Network, Harvard Memorial, Northwest Suburban Community and Rochelle Community hospitals. Community-minded volunteers donate virtually all of this county’s supply of blood for transfusion.

For more information, contact the Rock River Valley Blood Center at (815) 965-8751 or toll free at (866) 889-9073.

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