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Friday, July 29, 2016

Franciscan St. Francis Health poised for nine-hour blood drive on Aug. 5

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Finding the time to donate blood can be a challenge for many – and  Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis wants to make it easier for you.

For the first time ever, the hospital, located at 8111 Emerson Ave., will host a nine-hour blood drive. It will take place on Aug. 5, from 7 a.m. to noon, and 4 to 8 p.m. in the Terrace Conference Room.

The Indiana Blood Center needs approximately 550 donors daily. However, during the summer the schools that normally host these blood drives are closed, causing a marked reduction in donations.  

The drive is open to the public with those donating encouraged to bring along a friend or family member to donate with them. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Donors should expect the donation process to take about an hour, which includes a mini-physical and a 15 minute resting period with complimentary snacks after donating. All donors will receive a small thank you gift as well.

Each whole blood donation gets separated into three parts and is tested for safety. The three life-saving components are platelets, red blood cells and plasma. These components can be used for cancer treatment, surgery, trauma, burn patients and many more conditions.

Eligible participants need to be over 17 years old, or 16 with a parent’s permission and weigh at least 110 pounds. Eligible donors can donate again 56 days between donating. People can even become donors if they’ve gotten a tattoo, as long as it was done at least one month prior to donating.

International travelers, cancer survivors, people with diabetes and high blood pressure may also be eligible to donate as well. Those with questions about their eligibility can email

To register, visit and click “Schedule to Donate”. Search “Franciscan” and make an appointment. Those donating should bring a photo ID and be sure to have eaten something prior to donation.