As the national blood shortage continues during the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is asked to donate at Versiti blood drives in December at Franciscan Health hospitals in Crown Point and Michigan City and an American Red Cross Blood Drive at Franciscan Physician Network Chesterton Health and Emergency Center.
A blood drive at Franciscan Health Crown Point is scheduled from 7:30AM to 7PM on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The location is Suite C and D in the Marion Education Center at the hospital, 1201 S. Main St.
Blood drives are also scheduled at Franciscan Health Michigan City, 3500 Franciscan Way, from 8AM to 1PM on Tuesday, Dec. 21, and 2 to 7PM on Thursday, Dec. 23.
Donors must bring photo identification and masks are required. Donors should also eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled by going online at versiti.org/IL or by calling 1-800-7TO-Give (1-800-786-4483) and choosing your preferred time. Walk-ins are also welcome as the schedule and social distancing allow.
The American Red Cross blood drive at Chesterton Health and Emergency Center, 770 Indian Boundary Road, is from 9AM to 2PM on Wednesday, Dec. 22. The blood drive will take place in Conference Room B. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter Franciscan to schedule an appointment.