SAN DIEGO, May 10, 2013 – The American Red Cross officially opened its new Blood Services Center in Kearny Mesa today. The new Blood Services facility allows the Red Cross to expand its capability to collect and distribute lifesaving blood products to San Diego-area hospitals.
From its new home in Kearny Mesa, the Red Cross is able to collect whole blood, platelets, double red cell and other specialty donations.
The center also serves as a central hub for planning Red Cross community blood drives, recruiting blood donors and volunteers, and distributing nearly 50 percent of all blood products transfused in local hospitals.
“The new Red Cross blood donor center is important for our community as a whole,” said Tony Young, CEO of the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the Red Cross. “We encourage all who are eligible to donate blood at our new center. Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives.”
The new blood services center is open three days a week on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Individuals interested in scheduling an appointment to donate at the new center can call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org/socal. Businesses or groups interested in coordinating a lifesaving blood drive may call (858)-712-1611.
Since 1898, the American Red Cross has proudly served the San Diego community. Through its state-of-the-art Disaster Operations Center and new life-saving Blood Donor Center, the American Red Cross stands ready to meet the needs of San Diego and Imperial counties as the most trusted community service organization in blood collection, education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies.
About the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter:
The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit www.redcross.org/sandiego. Please also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.