Huntington Hospital Puts Out Urgent Call for Blood Donations

Published : Friday, July 19, 2019 | 11:52 AM

Huntington Hospital in Pasadena is in need of blood donors because of an urgent shortage – due in part to a very low turnout of eligible donors throughout the state.

“Much of the medical care we provide depends on a steady supply of voluntary blood donations, and yet only three percent of the eligible donors in California give blood,” Doris Huston, Manager of Public Relations and Media at Huntington Hospital, said Friday. “The unfortunate result is chronically low blood supplies. This shortage affects the Trauma Center and the hospital’s ability to help those in need.”

Huston said the hospital is now in dire need for blood donations of all types because of its “very low” blood inventory.

“If you are currently eligible to donate blood, please go to the Blood Donor Center today! No appointment needed. Please do not hesitate to encourage your family and friends to support us as well,” Huston said.

The Huntington Hospital Blood Donor Center is located at 711 S. Fairmont Avenue in Pasadena. It is open from 9:30 a.m. To 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Walk-in blood donors are welcome. For questions, please call the Blood Donor Center at (626) 397-5422.

Parking tickets will be validated. All donors will also receive a Baskin Robbins gift certificate for a free pint of ice cream, the hospital said.

“Your act of kindness makes an enormous difference – every donation can save up to two lives,” Huston added.

Huntington Hospital which began as a small community hospital built by a group of prominent local citizens who formed a Pasadena Hospital Association around 1892.

A temporary hospital with 16 beds opened in 1899 at the northwest corner of Raymond Avenue and Green Street, and in 1902, the 26-bed Pasadena Hospital opened on the site where Huntington Hospital now stands.

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