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American Red Cross Opens New State-of-the-Art Facility in Memphis


Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 12.13.06 PMMEMPHIS, Tenn. (March 16, 2015) —The American Red Cross has opened a new, state-of-the-art facility in Memphis, which will expand the humanitarian services organization’s service delivery capacity to the area, helping more people get trained, get help and give blood.

The building, located at 1399 Madison Ave. in Memphis, serves as the new operations center for disaster response; preparedness training; service to the armed forces; health and safety services; and includes a blood distribution center, providing lifesaving blood products to local hospitals. Situated in the heart of the medical district, the new America Red Cross of the Mid-South is easily accessible for disaster clients, volunteers, students and the community as a whole.

Mid-South Red Cross Board President Mary Sharp at the dedication of the new operations center.

Mid-South Red Cross Board President Mary Sharp at the dedication of the new operations center.

The Red Cross hosted a Grand Opening event and open house on March 24. City officials, Red Cross leadership, staff and volunteers were on hand to answer questions and share more about the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross. The general public was invited to tour the building from 3-7 pm that day.

Founded in 1917, the American Red Cross of the Mid-South is dedicated to carrying out the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. It serves 10 counties: Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale, Dyer, Lake, and Obion in Tennessee; Tunica and Desoto in Mississippi; and Crittenden in Arkansas.

The facility also includes a state-of-the-art blood distribution center, which includes increased physical blood storage space and improved efficiency of blood product distribution. The center is open seven days a week; ready to provide lifesaving blood products to local hospitals at any time, day or night. As part of the expansion in services, the Red Cross has hired eight additional local staff.

A small segment of the visitors on hand as the dedication of the new Mid-South Red Cross operations center.

A small segment of the visitors on hand at the dedication of the new Mid-South Red Cross operations center.

Approximately every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. The Red Cross serves approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide – including nine hospitals in Memphis and the surrounding area; Regional One Health, St. Francis Hospital Memphis, St. Francis Hospital Bartlett, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, VA Medical Center, Tri-Lakes Medical Center, Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, Helena Regional Medical Center and Forrest City Medical Center.

The updated facility is thanks largely in part to FedEx, which provided a gift of $1 million. In addition to the new blood distribution center, the facility will include: a Disaster Operations Center and Community Training Center made possible by the Assisi Foundation, a Health and Safety Training Center made possible by Baptist Memorial Healthcare, a Volunteer Work Center made possible by the Plough Foundation, a Disaster Action Team Staging Area made possible by the First Tennessee Foundation, and Private Client Interview Rooms made possible by American Snuff.

The Red Cross commemorated all of the financial donors who helped make this project a success on the “Donor Wall” located inside the main lobby.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at@RedCrossMSouth and @RedCrossBldGOA.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.