National and Local Blood Shortage Continues, Blood Donors Needed

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on March 15, 2022

Blood donors are needed as the nation and local communities continue to feel the impact of
blood shortages.

National and Local Blood Shortage Continues, Blood Donors Needed

The demand for blood continues to rise, and blood donors are asked to donate soon. All blood
types are needed to help the local blood supply, ensuring hospitals have the blood required to
treat traumas and patients needing blood transfusions.

“Blood donors are needed now more than ever to make sure blood is ready when patients are
in need,” said JD Pettyjohn, LifeSouth’s COO. “Many people only think of donating blood
during a tragedy or disaster, but blood donors are needed every day to meet the needs of
patients, and right now we are struggling to maintain an adequate supply.”

Donating blood is safe, takes about an hour and can save three lives. LifeSouth and LifeSouth
blood donors serve patients at HCA Florida – Oak Hill Hospital, Bravera Health Brooksville,
and Bravera Health Spring Hill.

Blood can be donated after receiving the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines for
COVID-19 or the flu vaccination.

All blood donors receive a thank you gift, refreshments and a mini-physical including
cholesterol, iron level, temperature and blood pressure. Find a blood drive or donor center
near you at Appointments can also be made online.

Hernando Donor Center
12395 Cortez Blvd.

Visit to find a blood drive near you

About LifeSouth:
LifeSouth is a non-profit community blood bank serving more than 125 hospitals in Alabama,
Florida and Georgia. LifeSouth is committed to meeting the blood supply needs of hospitals
and their patients by providing the highest quality blood components and services. The
LifeSouth team is dedicated to making sure the blood is there when a patient is in need. To
learn more, visit



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