Puget Sound Blood Center has emergency need for donations

January 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 25, 2014

Puget Sounds Blood Center released an emergency request for blood donations at its centers this weekend and into next week.

A multistate network outage is being cited as the cause.

“The network outage caused the loss of both telephone and computer connectivity for most PSBC locations, resulting in cancellation of scheduled blood drives and suspension of collections at all donor centers,” Dr. James AuBuchon, president and CEO of PSBC, said in a statement.

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Holiday donations urged to prevent blood shortage

December 17, 2013

The Puget Sound Blood Center has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors to take just one hour between now and Jan. 5 to give blood.

The number of people visiting donation centers and mobile drives goes down by 30 percent or more during the holiday season — with high schools and colleges on break, and people busy with vacations, family gatherings and social events.

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Knights of Columbus hosts blood drive

September 10, 2013

The Knights of Columbus, Council 7907, of St. Joseph Church, will conduct a blood drive in coordination with the Puget Sound Blood Center on Sept. 20.

The drive is from 1-7 p.m. at the church, 220 Mountain Park Boulevard.

Email Ernie Linnemann at Heimlinn@aol.com to reserve a time or for more information.

Issaquah High School swimmer crosses Lake Washington for charity

September 4, 2012

Gabrielle Gevers, of Issaquah, recently completed the PSBC Swim for Life, a swim across Lake Washington.

The annual event attracts adventure athletes who are daring and fit enough to brave a 2 ½-mile paddle through the icy, dark waters of Lake Washington, and who are also raising money to help in the fight against leukemia and other life threatening diseases that require blood donations. The Swim for Life is a fundraiser for the Puget Sound Blood Center.

“It was the longest distance I have ever swum,” Gevers said. “I am a sprinter, so 2 ½ miles is really something for me. My dad and I swam it together, and my mom and brother Gentry kayaked with us as my support team.

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Region’s blood supply plummets 70 percent amid snowstorm

January 24, 2012

Puget Sound Blood Center issued a call for blood and platelets after donations plummeted 70 percent due to the snowstorm and icy road conditions.

The winter weather caused the cancellation of dozens of blood drives. The total loss of donations is expected to reach more than 2,000 units. Officials said the drop-off is the largest weather-related impact experienced by the Puget Sound Blood Center in many years.

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Region’s blood supply plummets 70 percent due to wintry conditions

January 19, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 2012

Puget Sound Blood Center issued a call Thursday for blood and platelet donations after donations plummeted 70 percent due to the snowstorm and icy road conditions stymied donors.

The winter weather caused the cancellation of dozens of blood drives. The total loss of donations is expected to reach more than 2,000 units. Officials said the drop-off is the largest weather-related impact experienced by the Puget Sound Blood Center in many years.

“It takes about 900 donors per day to maintain a sufficient blood supply, but on Wednesday fewer than 150 donors were able to give,” Dr. James P. AuBuchon, Puget Sound Blood Center president and CEO, said in a statement. “But no matter what the weather is, the demand for blood continues: Patients are in hospitals for surgery, ERs are treating traumatic injuries, and people are needing cancer treatments or organ transplants.”

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Residents dig out from February snowstorm

March 1, 2011

Camden Jeske (left), 9, and his brother Mason, 6, try different strategies for a successful snowball fight with their dad Terry on Feb. 24 at their home south of downtown Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Snowflakes, egged on by a relentless drumbeat from TV meteorologists, started to fall in Issaquah just as the afternoon commute started in earnest Feb. 22.

Unlike the pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm responsible for gridlock on roads and mass transit in Issaquah and throughout the region, planners said the late February snowfall did not cause quite so many headaches.

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Regional blood supply reaches critical levels

February 24, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Puget Sound Blood Center said the blood supply in the region could reach critical levels in many blood groups soon, due to missed donations stemming from the recent snowstorm.

Leaders encouraged Western Washington residents to donate as soon as possible in order to maintain the blood supply.

People can stop by 11 donor centers in order to donate. Call 1-800-398-7888 to schedule appointments. The center encourages appointments, but welcomes walk-in donors, too.

The center said a blood group is labeled critical if less than a two-day supply remains; a four-day inventory is considered operational.

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Donate blood at the Issaquah Highlands fire station

January 18, 2011

There are still spaces available at the upcoming Issaquah Highlands blood drive, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at the highlands fire station, Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 73, 1280 N.E. Park Dr.

All donations go to the Puget Sound Blood Center. The center needs about 900 people to donation every day so it can meet the needs of local patients. Read more

Puget Sound Blood Center extends holiday hours

December 14, 2010

The Puget Sound Blood Center is opening donation centers extra days to avoid the possibility of a holiday shortfall, a time when donations are historically low.

The Bellevue Center, located at 1021 112th Ave. N.E., will be open for whole blood donations from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. Christmas week it will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dec. 19, closed Dec. 25, and open again from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 26.

To make an appointment, call 800-398-7888 toll free or go to https://www.psbc.org/ssl/appointment/index.htm.

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