Blood donations urgently sought in UP

HANCOCK – Donate a pint of blood in January at the UP Health System-Hancock Blood Center and get a coupon for a free pint of frozen custard at Culver’s in Houghton. 

Blood donations of all types are needed across the Upper Peninsula.

“We’re doing OK right now compared to previous years,” said Dana Langsford, supervisor of the UP Health Systems Regional Blood Center. “I’d say we’re probably 70 to 80 percent of where we want to be.”

Although there’s a need for all blood types, Langsford said it’s more pronounced among O negative, A negative and B negative.

“Those are usually the types we have the most difficulty with,” he said. 

The center collects blood from five sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba, Iron Mountain and Sault Ste. Marie. The blood is sent to be processed in Marquette, then goes to one of the 13 hospitals in the Upper Peninsula as needed.

“This is why it’s important to support your local blood center,” said Rita Berger, lead donor technician at the UP Regional Blood Center in Hancock. The Hancock Center plays a critical role in the collection and distribution of blood in the Upper Peninsula. 

The Hancock Center (787 Market St., Suite 6, Quincy Center), is open by appointment, although walk-ins also are taken. For more information, call (906) 483-1392. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 

A usual session will take about 45 minutes, including paperwork, Berger said.

The UP Regional Blood Center also operates a bloodmobile, which goes to sites around the U.P. four days a week. If you would like to schedule a blood drive, call Sallie Coron at 906-449-1452.

The UP Regional Blood Center is a service of UP Health System – Marquette.