Heartland Blood Centers, a non-for-profit medical organization servicing 38 area hospitals, is struggling to meet the needs of patients with O Negative blood type in area hospitals.
Cancelled blood drives, low donor appointments, and donors reporting illnesses which prevent them from donating blood, has resulted in declined O Negative blood inventories.
Blood donors are needed now to help offset this shortage. Patients in Heartland's member hospitals rely solely on volunteer blood donors for life-saving transfusions. Every day nearly 600 pints of blood are transfused to patients in the 12 counties(including McHenry and Kane Counties) supplied by Heartland Bood Centers. Blood donors can schedule a time by calling 1-800-7 TO GIVE.
Donors can also visit www.heartlandbc.org for listings of blood drives in the community and listings of the 17 center locations (including Crystal Lake, Elgin, Geneva, St. Charles, and DeKalb).