Blood Assurance

Next Blood Drive Set For August 16 Ahead Of National Blood Donation Week

Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee and Williamson Medical Center will host a blood drive with Blood Assurance, the sole provider of blood products for WMC, on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donors are encouraged to sign up here via the Blood Assurance website for an appointment time, though walk-ins are welcome. 

The August 16 drive will be conducted in the Blood Assurance mobile unit in the parking lot of BJIT on the main campus of WMC, located at 3000 Edward Curd Lane in Franklin. All participants will receive a free, limited-edition tumbler (while supplies last). Donors who give twice May 1st – August 31st will be entered to win a trip to Disney World.

This drive falls just before National Blood Donation Week which will take place September 1– 7. This week aims to raise awareness about the importance of blood donations for lifesaving procedures. It also serves to recruit new donors and encourage existing donors to give blood on a regular basis.

“Blood donations are so important for patient survival and recovery, and hospitals are always in short supply. With National Blood Donation Week around the corner, we hope to encourage more blood donations and increase the number of habitual donors. One donation can save up to three lives,” said the nonprofit’s media relations coordinator, Max Winitz. “We appreciate the Bone and Joint Institute and Williamson Medical Center for their continued support in hosting these blood drives for the community.”

These blood drives are part of a partnership between WMC, BJIT and Blood Assurance to host 13 blood drives throughout 2022. To date, more than 121 individuals have donated blood in these drives, which, according to Blood Assurance, accounts for nearly 362 lives saved. To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.