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Blood Donor Center

We are all potential blood recipients. One never knows when this vital need may arise. And when it does, there is no substitute for life-sustaining human blood.

The latest medical knowledge and technology extend and enrich life with inspiring success, but when an individual needs blood; miracle drugs and expertise are futile without the simple act of human concern – the gift of blood.

Serving the Community

Elkhart General Hospital’s blood donor program was established in 1944 and has served the blood needs of the community through the generosity of its donors ever since, without any serious shortages. In 2010, the South Bend Medical Foundation began running the daily operations. 

Elkhart General’s all volunteer blood donor system provides for nationwide blood coverage for all persons in the Elkhart area through the hospital’s membership with the AABB.

The rarest blood type is the type that is not available when you need it. Elkhart General remains prepared to serve your blood needs through the dedication of donors who are able to share this precious gift of life.

Give the Gift of Life

Almost anyone can donate blood. Donors should be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors cannot be taking antibiotics or have donated blood in the past 8 weeks.

The only thing Elkhart General asks you do before you arrive is eat a well-balanced meal and drink plenty of fluids. When you come to donate we’ll ask you to fill out a medical history card and answer some questions about your current health. We’ll also check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and your iron level (also know as hemoglobin level). Elkhart General nurses are on duty to assist you with your donation.

Blood donation is a virtually painless process and takes approximately half an hour of your time. The actual act of donating blood typically takes less than 10 minutes and when you’re done, you’ll have donated almost a pint of blood. The liquid part of the blood (plasma) will be replaced by your body in a matter of hours.

You can also donate blood for your own use with your physician’s approval. If you are planning an elective, non-emergency surgery and are in good health, you may be able to give an autologous

donation. You may even have friends or family members donate blood on your behalf, but there is no evidence that these blood supplies are safer than the blood supply at Elkhart General.

The only cost to patients who receive blood is for the required test and laboratory processing involved, and a service charge for transfusions. In order to assure adequate blood supplies, patients are encouraged to replace blood received during hospitalization. Family and friends can help by donating the quantities of blood given.

Walk-ins are welcome! To schedule an appointment, call the Elkhart General Blood Donor Center at 574-523-3329 or 888-552-5663. The Blood Donor Center can be found by entering the Main Hospital Entrance and taking Elevator F to the Lower Level.

Contact Information

Elkhart General Hospital Blood Donor Center
600 East Boulevard
Elkhart, Indiana 46514
Ph: 574-523-3329
Toll Free: 888-552-5663

Hours
Monday & Tuesday Noon – 8:00 p.m. 
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.