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Tuesday
Mar272012

Grand Opening - Dow Diamond Blood Donation Center

The nation’s first blood donation center inside a sports stadium is opening in Midland, Mich.

Michigan Blood is hosting a historic ribbon cutting ceremony and open house that will showcase its new center to invited guests and the media from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Dow Diamond, 825 E. Main in Midland. The event includes tours of the facility and will highlight a historical timeline that illustrates the history of blood donation in Midland County.

The public will have an opportunity to view the site at a community open house at the Dow Diamond Donor Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 9 in conjunction with Dow Diamond’s Opening Day activities. The first 50 people who attend and schedule an appointment to give blood will win a Great Lakes Loons ticket voucher when they donate. Individuals also have the opportunity to register to win Great Lakes Loons prizes valued at $500.

Dow Diamond is the home of the Great Lakes Loons baseball team, a Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“The Dow Diamond Donor Center is a continuation of the rich history of blood donation in Midland. It’s an honor for Michigan Blood to be a part of this legacy,” said Bill Rietscha, CEO and president of Michigan Blood. “We are very pleased to open a center right in the heart of the Great Lakes Bay Region that will offer donors another opportunity to help support the needs of our partner hospitals throughout Michigan.”

The donation site is the result of a partnership between The Dow Chemical Company, the Michigan Baseball Foundation, the Great Lakes Loons baseball franchise, and Michigan Blood. Thanks to an $80,000 donation from The Dow Chemical Company to support renovations, the Dow Diamond Donor Center will replace a long-time location at Dow. The new site will be accessible to the public through an entrance on the third-base side of the stadium. The 1,000-square-foot facility will feature up to six new donor beds, two screening booths, new equipment, new furniture, and a flat screen television for donors.

Beginning Tuesday, April 10, the site will welcome donors from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. To donate, donors must schedule appointments online at www.miblood.org or by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD.

Besides the Dow Diamond Donor Center, Michigan Blood collects blood donations at other area sites including MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland and Dow Corning. In Mid-Michigan, among
others, Michigan Blood supplies all of the blood needed by patients at Covenant HealthCare, St. Mary’s of Michigan, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, and Genesys Regional Medical Center.

About Michigan Blood
Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is an independent, nonprofit blood bank that provides blood for 36 hospitals across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Serving Michigan hospitals is the top priority for Michigan Blood, which collects more than 120,000 pints of blood each year at nine permanent donation sites and more than 3,700 mobile blood drives statewide. Related services available from Michigan Blood include a nationally recognized blood stem cell (marrow) program, therapeutic apheresis, DNA tissue-typing, transfusion medicine consultations, and Michigan’s first public cord blood bank. Michigan Blood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, a network of community blood banks spanning North America that together provide half the US blood supply. For more information, visit www.miblood.org.