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POSTED: June 1, 2007 5:02 a.m.
In a move designed to position it to meet the growing blood needs of the more than 130 hospitals it serves statewide, the American Red Cross Blood Services Southern Region recently moved into a 185,000 square feet, state-of-the-art blood processing center just outside Douglasville.
From its old headquarters in Atlanta, the Red Cross had processed red cells, platelets and other blood components for transfusion into trauma victims and patients with various blood disorders and chronic illnesses since the 1970s. Millions of these lifesaving components were collected and distributed from that 60,000 sq. ft. facility.
A population growing in size and diversity as well as advances in treatment options have increased the number of procedures that involve transfusions. The need for more blood and the ability to process and distribute a greater volume of blood caused the Red Cross to build a facility capable of helping it meet the present and future needs of hospital patients in this region.
The Red Cross began transitioning its staff and operations to its new headquarters at the start of April and is now operating from the center located at 9851 Commerce Way, Douglasville. The old processing center is to be demolished, replaced by apartments.
A donor center, long a feature of the old headquarters, remains in Midtown. It is just up the hill from the old donor center, on the ground level of the Red Cross’ Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter building.
The region must collect 1,200 units of blood each weekday to meet the needs of patients. Most healthy people age 17 or older, weighing at least 110 pounds, can give blood every 56 days. Donating blood is safe and takes about an hour. To schedule an appointment to give blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit www.givebloodredcross.org
 

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