While many people will spend the summer break at the park, at the pool or on vacation, you could spend a small part of yours saving a life.
One blood donation could save up to three people’s lives, according to the Arkansas Blood Institute. Blood donations often decline during the summer months, but the need for blood in our area’s hospitals does not.
Sparks Medical Plaza invites you to a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to Noon, Wednesday, June 25 in the cafeteria.
Sparks Medical Plaza is located at 1500 Dodson Avenue. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can be made to ensure a timely donation process. To make an appointment, call Greg Womack, Blood Program Consultant, at (479) 652-2362. Another way of saving time is by registering online via the Arkansas Blood Institute’s Donor Express service.
All donors will receive a free Feel Cool t-shirt and two admission tickets to the Tulsa Zoo. Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing to win a free pair of tickets to see Miranda Lambert perform on July 12 at The AMP in Rogers, courtesy of the Arkansas Blood Institute.
Although all blood types are needed, people with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. Only nine percent of the national population has O-negative blood; however, O-negative blood can be used in an emergency when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified.
Sparks Health System includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Clinic, Sparks Home Health, Sparks PremierCare and the fully hospital-integrated Marvin Altman Fitness Center. Summit Medical Center in Van Buren, Ark., is a sister facility of Sparks Health System. For more information about Sparks Health System, visit www.SparksHealth.com.