Rock River Valley Blood Center opens second facility in Freeport

Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) opened the doors to a new facility at 461 E. South St. in Freeport Tuesday, Jan. 2. RRVBC has been a partner with Freeport Health Network (FHN) since 1977, and has been the sole supplier since FHN stopped collecting blood in 2000.

The facility will be open for donors Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and alternating Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Donors can make appointments by calling 815-23-BLOOD, and walk-ins are welcome. A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting is planned for Jan. 11.

Since 2001, RRVBC has collected blood in the Stephenson County area through mobile blood drives. “Our goal is to make blood donation as convenient as possible for donors. Mobile blood drives are great, but our donors are very busy people which means having a regular schedule with a consistent location and hours is best for them,” said Jennifer Bowman, RRVCB PR manager. Until now, RRVBC held regular blood drives twice monthly at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau. “We cannot express our sincere gratitude to Bruce and MaryAnn at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau. It has been a wonderful relationship, and they have been very accommodating. We feel blessed to have their support,” said Bowman.

RRVBC needs 900 donors each week to adequately serve the patient transfusion needs of the nine community hospitals they serve, “so we are asking the community to consider giving the greatest gift of all—the gift of life—this holiday season,” said Bowman.

Most people are eligible to donate. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (in Illinois, with parental consent) or 17 (in Wisconsin), who weigh a minimum of 100 pounds and are in general good health. “The reality is less than 5 percent of people donate blood, though 33 percent of us will need a transfusion in our lifetime,” explained Bowman.

The RRVBC is the sole supplier of blood and related services to OSF Saint Anthony, Rockford Memorial, SwedishAmerican, Beloit Memorial, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, Freeport Health Network, Mercy Harvard, Northwest Suburban Community and Rochelle Community hospitals. Community-minded volunteers donate virtually all of this country’s supply of blood for transfusion.

To contact RRVBC call 815-965-8751 or toll free at 866-889-9073.

From the Jan. 10-16, 2007, issue

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