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May

University of Oregon and Bloodworks Partner to Bolster Blood Supply
News Release – May 29, 2020
The University of Oregon is stepping up to fill the growing needs by hosting a Pop-Up Donor Center providing a safe location for area blood donors to give critical donations.

Patients Are Counting On “Pop-Up” Donor Centers To Pop-Up Local Blood Supply
News Release – May 13, 2020
Bloodworks Northwest Partners with Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders, Storm, Tacoma Rainiers, OL Reign and Everett Silvertips at Arenas, Stadiums Across Pacific Northwest to Provide Donors a Lifesaving Experience

Sports Arena Site For New Pop-Up Donor Center in Everett
News Release – May 11, 2020
Seattle Storm and Everett Silvertips transform Angel Of The Winds Arena into Pop-Up Donor Center to support Bloodworks Northwest and Everett community.

Hospitals to Resume Elective Surgeries, Triggering Surge In Blood Needs
News Release – May 6, 2020
Washington and Oregon hospitals are preparing to re-start surgeries, organ transplants and cancer treatments. Patient needs and requests for blood from Bloodworks’ healthcare partners are rising quickly, and could reach pre-COVID levels as early as next week before the blood supply is ready.

South Sound Community Bands Together To Save Local Lives
News Release – May 4, 2020
Tacoma Rainiers, Tacoma Defiance, OL Reign, Metro Parks Tacoma, and ClubCorp partner with Bloodworks Northwest to transform Cheney Stadium and Canterwood Golf & Country Club into South Sound Pop-Up Donor Centers

April

Seattle Sports Teams Unite with Bloodworks
News Release – April 23, 2020
Last week, Bloodworks and the Seattle Mariners announced a new partnership to host a 7-week long Pop-Up blood drive experience at T-Mobile Park to address the ongoing need for a stable blood supply amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Following suit, the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, and Seattle Storm have all stepped up to the plate to provide extra assistance. Each of the teams have committed to hosting their own additional blood drive at T-Mobile Park.

Bloodworks and Seattle Mariners Team Up to Save Lives
News Release – April 10, 2020
Bloodworks Northwest and the Seattle Mariners announce a special three week Pop-Up Blood Drive experience at T-Mobile Park from Monday, April 13 to Sunday, May 2, 2020 to ensure blood needs are being met amid COVID-19 pandemic

Bloodworks Joins Partners in forefront of COVID-19 Treatment Study
News Release – April 7, 2020
Bloodworks announced today that it has partnered with leading agencies in a study at the forefront of identifying effective treatment for patients severely ill with the new virus by collecting plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients.

FDA Guidance Update on Deferral Criteria
April 3, 2020
The FDA published four guidance documents related to COVID-19 donor eligibility on April 2, 2020), including changes to previous policies on MSM, vCJD, malaria and variances that Bloodworks has long advocated for.

March

Blood Supply Stabilized; Community Action Critical to Make It Resilient
New Release – March 23, 2020
As the massive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local communities becomes apparent, Bloodworks Northwest thanks donors for their extraordinary response over the past three weeks to make up for a giant 11,500 donation shortfall after hundreds of cancelled drives since March 1.
Bloodworks asks donors to commit to their April appointments now to keep the shelves stocked for the transfusion needs that are coming.

High School and College Closures Wipe Out 25% of Local Blood Donations
News Release- March 16, 2020
Approximately 60% of the blood supply is collected at mobile drives, of which schools make up 25%. As high school, college, business, and event closures unfold across the Pacific Northwest, school closures add new stress to a community blood supply already in peril from ever-diminishing opportunities for the public to donate. First-time and repeat donors urged to help others in the pandemic.

Blood Supply Hits Emergency Level Due to Coronavirus Concerns
News Release – March 9, 2020
The accelerating number of blood drive cancellations due to the closure of schools, businesses, and events over coronavirus concerns has put nearly 60% of the community’s blood supply in jeopardy. For the safety and care of current and future patients, Bloodworks is urging the community to step up to donate and spread word of the current need.

Bloodworks Northwest Reassures Community It’s Safe to Donate Blood
News Release – March 2, 2020
Recognizing that donors may have questions and concerns in light of the state of emergency declared in Washington State following the death of a patient infected with the COVID-19 (2019-novel coronavirus), Bloodworks Northwest reassures the community that it’s safe to donate blood, and donations are continuously needed.

January

Local Car Dealer and Bloodworks Northwest Team Up To Address Urgent Winter Blood Shortages
News Release – January 15, 2020
Haselwood Auto Group, and its dealerships are sponsoring a chance for one lucky blood donor to win an incredible new car when they donate blood with Bloodworks. And not just any car – the winner will have their choice of car among nine (9) pre-selected new vehicles in the Haselwood Auto Group inventory.

2019

June

Seattle Fire & Police Departments Kick Off Red vs. Blue Blood Drive Challenge 
News Release – June 12, 2019
Seattle’s emergency services compete to see who can inspire the most blood donations during critical
time for the local blood supply.

Microsoft and Bloodworks hosting World Donor Day Blood Drive on June 14
News Release – June 6, 2019
Donors needed to set a record for Washington’s largest single day blood drive.

May

Bloodworks Northwest Names New President and CEO
News Release – May 17, 2019
Curt Bailey to Begin Leading Bloodworks June 2019.

Pint for Pint program back in 2nd year with Seattle Storm and San Juan Seltzer
News Release – May 28, 2019
Bloodworks teams up to save lives with Seattle Storm and San Juan Seltzer, host Happy Hour games with incentives for donors.

April

Blood Supply to Local Trauma Centers Running on Fumes
News Release – April 25, 2019
Bloodworks Northwest issuing urgent appeal for donors after inventories of Group O blood dipped sharply.

March

Is the Nation’s Blood Supply as Important as the Opioid Crisis?
News Release – March 21, 2019
Top Federal Health Officials and Blood Banking Leaders Say Yes. US health official and Bloodworks Northwest CEO tell Congress the need for more young donors has never been greater.

February

Snowmageddon: Snowstorm Dents Local Blood Supply
News Release – February 6, 2019
The snowstorm and icy roads that closed schools and many businesses on Monday also put a major dent in the local blood supply, according to Bloodworks Northwest.
At emergency level—less than a one‐day supply—donors are urged to make an appointment as soon as possible before the second winter storm hits. 1,500 collections lost in last 3 days due to cancelled drives and appointments.

2018

November

Thanksgiving: A Perfect Time to Share the Gift of Life
News Release – November 15, 2018
Bloodworks Northwest is bracing for a big dip in holiday donations and asking people to give blood during the next 10 days. Starting November 22 and extending until New Year’s 2019, Bloodworks is increasing hours at its donor centers to encourage donations. Most centers will be open on Thanksgiving Day with cozy offerings for donors.

July

Hurricane Season 2018 Looms–Northwest Donors Urged to Help
News Release – July 19, 2018
With the hurricane season here, experts at Seattle-based Bloodworks Northwest are concerned that a critically low inventory of type O negative blood and platelets will leave them hard-pressed to respond to the next national emergency, let alone meet needs of the nearly 100 local hospitals that count on Bloodworks for even common procedures like surgeries.

June

World Blood Donor Day 2018
News Release – June 14, 2018
World Blood Donor Day is an annual event thanking active blood donors and encouraging new donors, especially younger people and those unfamiliar with how organizations like Bloodworks Northwest collect lifesaving blood for patients.

April

Early Easter and spring break vacation triggers urgent need for donors
News Release – April 5, 2018
The cumulative impact of an early Easter and widespread spring break vacations has triggered a special appeal to donors to help meet urgent patient needs in Northwest hospitals.

February

Missing Millennials: Finding the next generation of blood donors
New Release – Feb. 14, 2018
According to AABB, millennials account for only about 20% of collections. Nearly 60% of all blood donations come from people over 40, and people over 50 years old make up a disproportionate share of regular donors. Bloodworks is ‘going to where millennials are’ as the way to engage this missing generation of donors.

2017

December

Train derailment results in urgent plea for donors
New Release – Dec. 18, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors today following the derailment of an Amtrak passenger train between Tacoma and Olympia that is making major demands on the community blood supply. Bloodworks has issued more than 150 units of blood to respond to emergency orders from hospitals receiving people injured in the tragedy.

November

Thanksgiving: a perfect time share the gift of life
News Release – Nov. 17, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest has issued a special appeal asking people to schedule a blood donation during the next 10 days. Starting on November 20 and extending until New Year’s 2018, Bloodworks is increasing hours at its donor centers to encourage donations.

Bloodworks Marks 20 Years of Leadership in Cord Blood
News Release – Nov. 15, 2017
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Bloodworks Northwest Cord Blood Services that collects umbilical cord blood in delivery rooms of local hospitals after new mothers have given birth.

October

Cookies, juice and free iron supplements are now part of blood donations
News Release – Oct. 31, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest is urging blood donors – especially young donors – to pump some iron – no trip to the gym required.

Bloodworks responding to Las Vegas Shooting
News Release – Oct. 2, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal for donors to help build local inventories in order to be ready to respond when shipments are needed to help victims of Las Vegas shooting.

August

NIH Awards Bloodworks $12M Grant to Advance Transfusion Safety
News Release – Aug. 29, 2017
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the national Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a grant of $12 million to James C. Zimring, MD, PhD of Bloodworks Research Institute.

Emergency Blood Components Sent to Texas
News Release – Aug. 28, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest sent an emergency shipment of blood components to the Gulf Coast Blood Center in Houston, and to Carter Blood Center in Dallas.

Blood Supply Drops to Emergency Levels
News Release – Aug. 17, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors today after supplies fell to emergency levels – a one-day supply or less. Normal inventory is a four-day supply.

Heat Wave Threatens Blood Shortage
News Release – Aug. 3, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal for donors after collections began to dip sharply as a result of the mounting heat wave.

July

Type O supply drops 37% in 10 days
News Release – July 11, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors after the community supply for Type O blood — the most common blood type among people in the Northwest — plunged by 37% since the beginning of July.

All too familiar with hospitals, local Boy Scout organizes blood drive
KOMO – July 5, 2017
When asked what the badges on his Boy Scout uniform represent, Seth Baker starts naming them off.

June

‘Walking Blood Bank’ Could Save Lives in Remote Areas
Voice of America – June 21, 2017
A blood network in the Pacific Northwest has developed a kit for transfusions in remote places that it says “takes the banking out of blood banking.”

Upcoming Events & Promotions

Pop-Up at the University of Oregon
June 4 -13, 2020 (Th, F, S)
Calling all Ducks! The University of Oregon is stepping up to fill the growing needs by hosting a Pop-Up Donor Center providing a safe location for area blood donors to give critical donations. Learn more.

 

South Sound Pop-Up Donor Center
May 4 – May 16, 2020
The Tacoma Rainiers, Tacoma Defiance, OL Reign, ClubCorp, and Metro Parks Tacoma are banding together with Bloodworks Northwest to host a Pop-Up Blood Center for the South Sound community. Learn more!

Seattle Mariners Pop-Up Blood Drives at T-Mobile Park
April 13 – May 30, 2020
The baseball season may be on hold, but supporting our community isn’t! We’ve partnered with the Seattle Mariners to hold a special Pop-Up blood drive at T-Mobile Park. All donors will receive 2 tickets to a Mariners game! Learn more!

Angel Of The Winds Arena Pop-Up Donor Center
May 14 – June 6, 2020
We have teamed up with the Seattle Storm and Everett Silvertips to hold a special Pop-Up Donor Center in Everett! Every donor will receive a pair of tickets to an upcoming Storm and Silvertips game. Learn more!

Bleed for Blue and Green
August 26, 2019 – July 30, 2020
Show you colors and show up for your community!
All year long, donate and be entered to win exclusive fan experiences with Seattle’s favorite football team! Learn more.

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