Blood Assurance To Host Donor Appreciation Day Aug. 29

Monday, August 18, 2014

Blood Assurance will host a donor appreciation day at its East Brainerd blood center on Friday, August 29. Special prizes, food and recognition of top area donors will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The East Brainerd blood center is located at 1740 Gunbarrel Road, behind FSG Bank. The blood center is open from 9:00 am. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Blood Assurance President and CEO Rick Youngblood said “Our volunteer donors are heroes to hospital patients needing blood. Those patients could not survive if they did not get the red cell, platelet or plasma transfusions our donors provide. They are truly saving lives every day, and we wanted to recognize their community service.” Blood Assurance donor centers in other areas will be holding donor appreciation days throughout 2014. 

Blood Assurance is a non-profit blood center that serves 47 counties in a 5 state region, and is the provider of blood and blood components for 70 healthcare facilities. Over 440 blood donors are needed every day in order to adequately supply the region served by Blood Assurance with lifesaving blood. 

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids - avoiding caffeine - and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. 

If you would like to set up a blood drive in the East Brainerd area, please contact donor recruiter Amy O’Brien at 667-0719. For more information about donating blood, please call Blood Assurance at 800/962-0628.


Erlanger Offers Classes And Events For June 6-12

Erlanger offers online childbirth education class.  The online class is an easy-to-understand interactive program that includes more than 70 videos, animated illustrations, downloadable PDF files, review quizzes and information specific to Erlanger East and Erlanger Baroness birthing services.  By choosing the online childbirth program, participants will have access to ... (click for more)

Health Department Offers “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” Free Workshop

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department is offering a free workshop to teach people how to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or COPD.  The workshop is one day a week for six weeks, beginning Thursday, through Thursday, July 7, from 9-11 a.m. at the Eastgate Senior Center.  Anyone of any age with any chronic condition can attend, including ... (click for more)

Stone Domestic Assault Case Postponed Until Aug. 9

The case in which Bobby Stone is charged with domestic assault against his wife, advisor to Mayor Andy Berke Lacie Stone, has been postponed until Aug. 9. Officials said there will be no further action until the TBI completes its investigation.  The case had been set Tuesday morning before general sessions court Lila Statom. The TBI is believed to be looking into ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Honors Military Veterans

A Memorial Day service was held at the National Cemetery on Monday. (click for more)

Calling Out Bad Behavior In St. Elmo - And Response

I have lived in the St. Elmo community of Chattanooga for practicially all 52 years of my life. My grandmother moved to St. Elmo in 1919. My Dad was literally born in a home in St. Elmo and lived his entire 72 years in this community and my Mom has lived here 60 years of her life. I am very disappointed in what my neighborhood has become. I like people. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Amputee Team Wins Relay

As a news junkie there isn’t a lot that gets past me in my morning reading, yet I had no idea there was a relay race in Chattanooga two weekends ago. Maybe that’s why 1,500 people ran away and never came back – the finish line was in Nashville. How the Ragnar Relays work is pretty simple. The organizers pick two cities that are about 200 miles apart and then 12-to-14 runners ... (click for more)