It look's like you don't have Adobe Flash Player installed. Get it now.
You'll soon have more opportunities to donate blood in Springfield. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has decided to establish permanent Saturday hours at its donor center on S. Glenstone. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.
CBCO Spokesman Chris Pilgrim says there are three main reasons for establishing Saturday hours. One is the increased need for blood at area hospitals. He says they're setting records so far this year in transfusions.
Another reason for the added hours, he says, is the short shelf life of platelets. They're a component of blood that's good for only five days.
Pilgrim says they also want to make it more convenient for people to donate. He says the new hours, along with the opening of a new donor center at Plainview and Campbell in late November and the expansion of the CBCO's offices in Northern Arkansas, should help increase the CBCO's blood supply.
When the new donor center opens later this year, Pilgrim says the current one on S. Glenstone will remain open for people in Southeast Springfield to give blood.
The permanent Saturday hours start this weekend. They're 7 am to 2 pm.