MORRIS – In response to the ongoing severe blood supply shortage, Morris Hospital is hosting a blood drive in cooperation with Versiti Blood Center on Wednesday, December 15, from 12-5 p.m. in Conference Rooms 2 & 3 on the lower level of Morris Hospital, 150 W. High Street in Morris.
Those who donate will be helping replenish the local blood supply as Versiti supplies blood products for Morris Hospital. All blood types are needed, with O positive and O negative most in demand.
Blood donors must be age 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and free from cold or flu symptoms on the day of donation. In Illinois, 16-year-olds may donate with written approval from a parent or guardian. Donors will be required to wear a mask while inside Morris Hospital.
The entire process for donating blood takes about 1 hour, including registration, a brief medical screening, blood collection and refreshments. Donors should bring a photo ID with proof of age. Those planning to donate should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating.
Appointments are recommended by calling Morris Hospital at 815-705-7386. Walk-ins are welcome.