Blood donation saves lives.

Blood donation saves lives.

Make a big difference in the lives of others simply by donating blood. According to the American Red Cross:

  • Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood.
  • One blood donation can potentially save up to three lives.
  • Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets.

Each person is born with a specific blood type which means you can’t give or receive blood from just anyone. Blood is a vital part of the life-saving care required for some trauma, cancer, and burn patients. Those with chronic medical conditions can also benefit from blood products such as red cells, platelets and plasma. As a donor, your generous gift supports the constant need for a healthy and reliable blood supply in the community.

Join MGH for a blood drive on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Marion General Hospital is hosting a blood drive on Saturday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at MGH Express Urgent Care, 1130 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN 46952.

Go to to schedule your donation appointment.

Donating blood takes about one hour, including a mini-physical (pulse, blood pressure and body temperature) and health interview.

Donor Requirements

To be an eligible blood donor, you must:

  • Be in good health
  • Be at least 17 years of age (or 16 years old with parental consent)
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds

Blood donation is not available to those who:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have donated blood within the last 56 days
  • Have had symptoms of cold or flu within the last 72 hours
  • Have had a root canal, tooth extraction or oral surgery within the last 24 hours
  • Have received a tattoo or body piercing within the last four weeks (or up to 12 months after receiving a tattoo or body piercing from a nonregulated establishment or state)

If you have questions or concerns about your eligibility as a donor, call South Bend Medical Foundation at 765-662-4630. For more information, visit

South Bend Medical Foundation serves as the sole blood supplier for Marion General Hospital.

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