A Monopoly on Blood

Lane Memorial Blood Bank has been serving Lane County since 1961. The nonprofit bank move to 2211 Willamette St. in the Friendly Area Neighborhood of Eugene, Or. in 1979, and changed its name to Lane Blood Center in February of this year in order to more accurately portray its function.

The Lane Blood Center serves all of the hospitals in Lane County, and accepts volunteer blood donations. One donation of blood takes up to one pint, which can save three lives. Volunteers can donate once every 56 days.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and weight at least 110 pounds. Depending on a person’s travel, sexual history and current medications, he or she may be unable to donate blood.

The bloodmobile (picture from laneblood.org)

The Lane Blood Center is the only blood donation center in Lane County. According to Blood Center employee Heather Young, the center receives about 60 pints of blood a day from both its location and the “bloodmobile” that travels around the Lane community collecting donations from the public.

The center is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is one of 76 nonprofit blood banks across the U.S. that make up the America’s Blood Centers organization. It is the only blood center in Oregon that is a member.

The center can be contacted at 541-484-9111 or at donate@laneblood.org. Volunteers can donate by setting up an appointment between Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m; and the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Autologous donation hours are Monday and Thursday, 12 p.m to 1:30 p.m.

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