Bradenton, FL – SunCoast Blood Centers has fast-tracked the opening of its new donor center and administrative headquarters in Lakewood Ranch in order to ensure an adequate supply of blood products for the community. The donor center located at 3025 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. suite 111 will open for donors on Monday March 30 at 11 a.m. Appointments are strongly encouraged in order to plan and implement social distancing for donors and staff.
“The original opening date was scheduled for April 7, however, in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, we need to be prepared in the likely event we will need to appeal to the community to donate blood and platelets in the coming weeks,” said Jayne Giroux director of community development for SunCoast Blood Centers. The donor center replaces its small location in Lakewood Ranch Plaza. The new donor center will house all SunCoast’s operations under one roof, including the new state-of-the-art donor center. “With the opening of this new location in Manatee County, along with our flagship donor center on Mound Street in Sarasota we can accommodate more donors safely and securely,” said Giroux. SunCoast also operates donor centers in Venice and Bradenton.
Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood at any SunCoast donor center or bloodmobile by visiting suncoastblood.org or calling 1.866.97.BLOOD. For a complete list of bloodmobile and donor center locations and hours please visit the website.
There is no data that this coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus worldwide. SunCoast wants to assure the public that it is safe to donate blood and exceeding the Food and Drug Administration guidelines for safety.