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Versiti Blood Center of Michigan explains the importance of donating blood

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, formerly Michigan Blood, has collected blood throughout the state since 1955.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Versiti is a fusion of donors, scientific curiosity, and precision medicine that recognize the gifts of blood and life are precious.

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, formerly Michigan Blood, has collected blood throughout the state since 1955. 

It is critical to make blood donations because so many people each day need life-saving blood to stay alive, whether they're battling disease, undergoing surgery or a victim of trauma. 

Versiti is home to the world-renowned Blood Research Institute, and enable life saving gifts from donors, and provide the science behind the medicine through their diagnostic laboratories.

Not only does Versiti collect blood but also they collect blood products. In addition to whole blood, which can be donated every 56 days, they collect platelets. 

Platelets are needed for normal blood clotting. They are often used for cancer patients, premature babies and open-heart surgeries. When a person’s platelets level is low, serious or life-threatening bleeding can occur. Donating platelets takes about two hours and can be done every seven days.

Versiti brings together outstanding minds with unparalleled experience in transfusion medicine, transplantation, stem cells and cellular therapies, oncology and genomics, diagnostic lab services, and medical and scientific expertise. 

This combination of skill and knowledge results in improved patient outcomes, higher quality services and reduced cost of care for hospitals, blood centers, hospital systems, research and educational institutions, and other health care providers.

Donating blood takes about an hour and anyone age 17 or older in good health who meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to give. Parental consent is required for donors age 16 to give. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date to their appointment.

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan also operate more than 3,400 community blood drives throughout the state.

Donate blood today and all blood types are needed, O-negative particularly needed, Platelet donations encouraged and appointments are encouraged. 

Call 1-866-642-5663 for more information or visit versiti.org/Michigan. 

Donor are welcome at Versiti Blood Center of Michigan donor center locations in Michigan:

  • Grand Rapids: 1036 Fuller Ave. NE
  • Grandville: 3140 Wilson SW
  • St. Joseph: 2710 Cleveland Ave.
  • Kalamazoo area: 524 E. Milham Ave., Portage
  • Saginaw: 1771 Tittabawassee Road
  • Bay City: 1017 N. Johnson St.
  • Midland: 825 E. Main St.
  • Traverse City: 2575 Aero Park Drive

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