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DANVILLE, Pa. – The novel coronavirus has interrupted our daily lives, including blood drives and donations across the U.S. Geisinger leadership is asking for the public’s support to address a community wide, critical blood shortage amid appointment cancellations. 

“Through this national emergency, there are still surgeries, traumas, cancer treatments and life-saving care for premature infants. Our neighbors still need blood,” said Gerald Maloney, D.O., chief medical officer of Geisinger hospitals, who was among more than 100 Geisinger employees who donated blood on March 19 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. “If you are looking for a way to contribute during this unprecedented time of need, consider donating blood. It takes only an hour, and it’s perfectly safe.”

You can schedule an appointment below, which will limit the number of people gathered in one location. Remember to maintain social distancing, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently and avoid touching your face. 

Geisinger Office Building I 
Coach 
Wednesday, March 25 
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Schedule an appointment here.

East End Fire Company
954 Bloom Road, Danville
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.   
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Buckhorn Office Building   
Thursday, April 2   
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.   
Schedule an appointment here.   

Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital      
Thursday, April 2    
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.   
Schedule an appointment here.   

Geisinger Justin Drive #2   
Monday, April 6   
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.     
Schedule an appointment here.   

Geisinger Woodbine      
Tuesday, April 7   
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.   
Schedule an appointment here.   

Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre       
Wednesday, April 15   
1 – 5 p.m.    
Schedule an appointment here.   

Geisinger Glenmaura Office Building   
Thursday, April 16   
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.   
Schedule an appointment here.   

Geisinger St Luke’s, Orwigsburg   
Tuesday, April 28   
1 – 6 p.m.   
Schedule an appointment here.   

Geisinger Medical Center   
Wednesday, April 29   
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.   
Schedule an appointment here.   

Coronaviruses are not known to be transmitted through blood transfusion. Additionally, out of an abundance of caution surrounding the novel COVID-19, Miller-Keystone Blood Center is taking precautionary steps to keep donors safe. Here are a few facts to set your mind at ease about donating blood:  

  • All equipment is decontaminated between uses.  
  • Everything that touches the blood is disposable (including the blood bags, needles and test tubes).
  • Because of appointments, blood drives and donor centers are rarely crowded 
  • We expect only people feeling well to give blood, so the risk of exposure at a blood drive or donor center is exceedingly low.      
  • The need for blood to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature infants, surgical patients and others is constant.   
  • Blood is perishable and there is no substitute — the only source is the volunteer blood donor.   

Those who should not give blood at this time: If you are age 70 or older, take medicines that suppress the immune system, have underlying medical conditions, have traveled to one of the areas of major outbreak, have been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or are recovering from the virus, we ask that you continue to practice social distancing and not give blood at this time.   

Any businesses interested in hosting a drive may contact Kathryn Rowinski at (570) 449-5586 or krowinski@giveapint.org.  

 

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1.5 million consumers it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With 32,000 employees and 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by billions of dollars annually. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Feet on a blood donation bed.
Blood donations are still needed for emergency, cancer and surgery care services. Geisinger is asking the public to support upcoming blood drive events.
Bags of donated blood.
Geisinger is asking the public for support during a community wide blood shortage. Geisinger will be hosting several blood drives in the next month. 

For media inquiries:

Alysha Davis
Media Relations Manager

570-808-3652
adavis2@geisinger.edu