Did you know that one unit of whole blood can save the lives of three people?
The need for blood and platelets is constant. Blood and platelets are used for traumas, babies, heart surgeries, and cancer patients.
The Blood Donor Center at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health supplies blood products for Lancaster General Hospital, Women & Babies Hospital, and Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute.
Donating blood is the simplest way to help neighbors in need.
What happens when I donate?
The process is simple. Donors must be 16-years-old and weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated in the last 56 days.
When donating blood, expect about a one-hour process from start to finish:
First, donors complete a health history form that is reviewed by a donor center staff member.
After a pulse, blood pressure, iron (hematocrit) levels and temperature check, donors spend approximately 10 minutes relaxing in a reclining chair while one pint of blood is drawn from an arm vein.
Once the donation is complete, refreshments are available during a final blood pressure check before discharge.
Where can I donate blood?
Schedule an appointment at the Suburban Pavilion Blood Donor Center at 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 202, Lancaster, PA or call 717-544-0170.
If your workplace, faith-based organization, or fire hall, is interested in hosting a blood drive at your facility, please contact the donor recruiter, Katherine Fox, at 717-544-0173.