In an effort to boost the critical blood shortage facing the community, Blood Assurance announces extended hours for locations throughout the service region.

Officials hope the new temporary hours will offer more flexibility to blood donors and in turn, increase blood donations to the community’s only regional blood center.   

Blood Assurance is responsible for providing blood products to all hospitals and healthcare facilities in the region. Volunteer blood donations, not paid blood collections, are the only source of blood for patients in local hospitals.

The temporary hours will last throughout the month of January.

“We want to address the current shortage in supply through this temporary measure,” said Rick Youngblood, President and CEO of Blood Assurance.

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown Chattanooga (across from UTC McKenzie Arena)

Cleveland               

Gunbarrel

North River (Hixson)

Fort Oglethorpe

Rome

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dalton

Fort Payne

Tullahoma

Cookeville

The Blood Assurance office located inside the Erlanger Baroness Campus will remain open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. There is no upper age restriction for donating blood.

Make an appointment or call 1-800-962-0628.