MEDIC Blood Center opening in downtown Crossville

New, expanded center to be open five days a week and offers more ways to help

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – MEDIC Regional Blood Center is opening a new donor center in downtown Crossville.

The new site will be located at 79 South Main Street.

The newly remodeled facility is more than 5,000 square feet and will have four donor beds. In addition to whole blood, donors will also have the chance to make other types of donations including double red, plasma-only, and  in 2016 platelets.

The expanded offerings help ensure that blood will be available to help patients at local hospitals.

MEDIC will host a grand opening on  Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. for the community. Visitors will be able to tour the new donor center and learn more about MEDIC. Leaders from MEDIC as well as Cumberland Medical Center will be on hand.

The center will be open Monday-Friday on the following schedule:

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday – noon– 6 p.m. CST

Wednesday and Friday – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. CST

The blood center has helped hundreds in the community during its 58 year history in East Tennessee. Since its existence, MEDIC has provided blood for trauma patients brought to University of Tennessee Medical Center and children being treated at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Since January 1, 2015, MEDIC is also the only blood center providing blood products to Cumberland Medical Center.

Each year, MEDIC needs to collect more than 3,000 units of blood just for people in Cumberland County in need of blood.

As a part of its grand opening and as a way to thank new donors, MEDIC is partnering with Rocky Top 10 Cinema to give a free movie ticket to the first 500 donors at its new center. In addition, all donors will also receive a free MEDIC t-shirt.

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