With an urgent need for blood, the public is asked to donate at Versiti blood drives this month. One of the blood drives continues until 7-o’clock tonight, Thursday September 23, in the Marion Education Center at Franciscan Health Crown Point hospital. Franciscan Health Fitness Centers in Schererville will host blood drives Tuesday, September 28 and Tuesday, October 26. Blood drives are also scheduled at Franciscan Health Michigan City on October 20 and October 21.
Donors must bring photo identification and masks are required. Donors are also advised to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled by going online at versiti.org/IL or by calling 1-800-7TO-Give (1-800-786-4483) and choosing a preferred time. Walk-ins are also welcome as the schedule and social distancing allow.
Versiti Blood Center is the primary blood provider to Franciscan Health. Donations go to more than 70 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois.