SCOTCH PLAINS– Since Union County has the highest concentration of platelet donors in the state, New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center, has opened a new donor center at 2279 South Avenue in Scotch Plains.
Aside from being a community center to donate whole blood and platelets, the Scotch Plains Donor Center will be host to the South Avenue Gallery, rotating the works of local area artists.
“We’re trying to make the center a go-to destination for area residents,” said Marie Forrestal, Manager of Donor Recruitment & Retention at NJBS. “This is new, trying to make it a destination and community hub, and not just a blood center.”
She said that the donor room is being dedicated to Fanwood resident Bob Sommerich, a longtime blood center volunteer who has recruited over 600 platelet donors during his time with NJBS.
Sommerich will continue to recruit donors for the Scotch Plains location, as well as for the other NJBS blood drives throughout the area which will continue to be held.
For the convenience of area donors, the center will be open three to four days a week.
NJBS anticipates that the location will help to increase donations and ensure the blood supply in area hospitals. NJBS supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state.
NJBS adds the Scotch Plains Donor Center to its two other donor rooms at 167 New Street in New Brunswick and at Ortho Clinical in Raritan.
For more information about the Scotch Plains Donor Center and South Avenue Gallery hours, or to make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-933-BLOOD or www.nybloodcenter.org.
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