Morris Hospital to host Feb. 16 community blood drive

Phlebotomist Joan Falkenhan shakes a blood donation bag to prevent clotting during an American Red Cross blood drive outside the Castle Bank on Greenwood Avenue in DeKalb Thursday, July 12, 2012.

MORRIS – Morris Hospital is hosting a blood drive in cooperation with Versiti Blood Center from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Conference Rooms 2 and 3 on the lower level of Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St.

Those who donate will be helping replenish the local blood supply as Versiti supplies blood products for Morris Hospital. All blood types are needed.

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-old individuals may donate with written approval from a parent or guardian.

The entire process of donating blood takes about an 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. Donors may be required to wear a mask while inside Morris Hospital depending on COVID community transmission levels.

To schedule an appointment, call Ashley Wagner at Morris Hospital at 815-705-7370. Walk-ins are welcome.

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