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Holyoke Medical Center Seeks O Positive Blood Donors

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) is actively seeking O positive blood donors. The center’s Blood Bank depends on area residents, their friends, and neighbors to help meet the transfusion needs of the local community.

“The demand for O positive blood is higher than the supply that has been donated throughout the region. People who are eligible are encouraged to make a donation and help save the lives of up to two people in our community,” said Jon Gronbach, director of Laboratory Services at Holyoke Medical Center.

Blood supplies continue to be low, and shortages persist in all categories, most critically in O positive. Emergency supplies from the Red Cross are often limited. More than 75% of the blood needed by patients at the medical center comes from people living in Holyoke, Chicopee, South Hadley, and the surrounding communities.

All eligible donors will receive a free recognition gift for their donation.

The Blood Bank, located on the first floor of Holyoke Medical Center, is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are required. For further information or to schedule an appointment, call the HMC Blood Bank at (413) 534‑2591.