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  • Sharks Foundation to hold Feb. 1 blood drive at SAP Center in San Jose

    STANFORD, Calif. — The Stanford Blood Center and the Sharks Foundation are teaming up for their annual blood drive at the SAP Center in San Jose on Feb. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from Donate Life California and Be The Match will also be on hand to register donors interested in joining organ or bone-marrow donation registries. Full story »


  • Sharks Foundation to host March 2 blood drive at HP Pavilion

    The Sharks Foundation and Stanford Blood Center are teaming for their annual blood drive at HP Pavilion in San Jose on March 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from Donate Life California and Be The Match will also be on hand to register donors interested in joining organ or bone-marrow donation registries. Full story »



  • NASA Wins Stanford Blood Center's 2010 'Donor Cup'

    NASA took top honors in the 2010 “Donor Cup” — a friendly competition sponsored by the Stanford Blood Center in which local tech companies rolled up their sleeves to out-give their competitors. Rounding out the top five were SLAC, NVIDIA, Cisco and Brocade. Full story »


  • Woman Will Make 500th Blood Donation Dec. 29 at Stanford Blood Center

    On Dec. 29, blood donor Linda Johnson will become the first woman to make 500 donations at the Stanford Blood Center. As she has for more than two decades, she will donate through a specialized two-hour process that allows the center to collect specific blood components such as platelets. This donation type allows Johnson to donate up to 24 times a year. Whole-blood donors are limited to a maximum of about six donations per year. Full story »


  • Stanford Blood Center Hosts Swine Flu Expert

    Infectious-disease expert Arthur Reingold, MD, professor and head of the Division of Epidemiology at the University of California-Berkeley, will discuss the topic from 7 to 9 p.m. at the blood center’s Palo Alto site, 3373 Hillview Ave. Admission is free, and espresso and cookies are complimentary. Full story »

  • Stanford Blood Center Helps Non-Donors Face Fear of Giving Blood

    Would you like to donate blood but are afraid of needles? The Stanford Blood Center is sponsoring a panel discussion at 7 p.m. May 21 to address one of the most elusive issues in blood donor recruitment: Fear. The panelists will explore different perspectives regarding the fear of medical procedures in general, and blood donation in particular. Full story »

  • Stanford Blood Center Organizes a Series of Events to Boost Blood Supply in the New Year

    In an effort to increase blood inventory for community hospitals, Stanford Blood Center will host several events and offer special giveaways during January, National Blood Donor Month. The winter holidays are an especially difficult time to maintain adequate supplies of blood because people are typically traveling, busy, or sick during that time, and Blood Center staff have learned that piling on the fun and prizes helps encourage more people to get out and donate. Full story »


  • Stanford Blood Center to Honor Elite Group of Blood Donors at Breakfast

    STANFORD, Calif.—On Oct. 30, the Stanford Blood Center will honor more than 400 donors who have made 100 or more blood donations. “This is not your typical Silicon Valley business breakfast. This amazing group of people have helped save countless lives and their commitment to our community is remarkable,” said center spokesperson Michele Hyndman. Full story »

  • Stanford Blood Center, Cantor Arts Center Partner to Benefit the Community

    STANFORD, Calif.—Stanford Blood Center invites the public to view a special installation at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and to donate blood this summer. This unique exhibition, entitled “Spared from the Storm: Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art” showcases 80 pieces of world-class art that escaped the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In keeping with the focus on surviving tragedy, Stanford Blood Center’s bloodmobile will be on location at Cantor Arts Center on selected Thursday evenings. Full story (PDF) »

  • Stanford Blood Center is Critically Low in Type O Negative Blood

    STANFORD, Calif.—Stanford Blood Center is critically low in type O negative blood and needs eligible people to donate this week to meet local needs. Unusually high demand has depleted O negative supplies. Today, a patient undergoing heart surgery used what little O negative blood Stanford Blood Center had in its inventory. Currently, the Blood Center has no units of O negative on its shelves. Full story (PDF) »


  • Stanford Blood Center, Elephant Pharm to Sponsor "Grateful Life" Event

    STANFORD, Calif. — Tips on healthy, sustainable living will be the focus of a June 2 event sponsored by the Stanford Blood Center and Elephant Pharm. At the “Grateful Life” event, participants can enjoy free food, live music, demonstrations, a blood drive and a bone marrow registration drive; all blood donors will receive free tie-dyed T-shirts.

    The event will take place from noon and 4 p.m. at Elephant Pharm’s Los Altos location at 4470 El Camino Real.

    It will feature booths and speakers on green products and services, including composting, homeopathy, midwifery and prenatal health. Free blood pressure and hemoglobin testing will be available. Full Story (PDF)»

  • Highly Efficient Blood Collection Device Makes U.S. Debut at Stanford Blood Center

    STANFORD, Calif. — Mark Hayes walked into the Stanford Blood Center on March 12 and emerged 25 minutes later a pioneer of sorts. Hayes, a newly minted Stanford PhD, was the first official blood donor in the nation to have his precious fluid collected using a new automated device that allows donors to give their red cells, plus up to 2 1/2 times the usual amount of plasma, all in one sitting.

    "It feels good," said Hayes, 30, unfazed by his new status. "I'm happy to contribute to progress and science." Full Story »

  • Stanford Blood Center Appeals for Type-O, Type-A Donors

    STANFORD, Calif. — Area residents with type-O and type-A blood are being asked to donate at the Stanford Blood Center to meet the needs of local hospitals. Blood supplies have remained low since January when post-holiday usage depleted the inventory.

    "Stanford Blood Center has struggled to catch up because blood is being shipped to local hospitals faster than we can collect it," said spokesperson Michele Hyndman.

    High demand from local hospitals coupled with a light blood drive schedule in February has made it difficult to replenish the supply. In the last few months, the blood center has made multiple appeals to those already on its roster of donors. "We need people who have not donated with us before to give blood," Hyndman said. Full Story »


  • Critical Blood Shortage Prompts Stanford Center to Urge Residents to Donate Blood

    STANFORD, CA — Area blood supplies are critically low and the Stanford Blood Center is asking potential donors, especially those with type-O blood, to visit their local blood center and donate today.

    As a result of this shortage, the seven area hospitals served by the blood center are having difficulty receiving enough blood to serve their patients. If blood does not become available soon, surgeries may need to be postponed, said Michelle Bussenius, spokesperson for Stanford Blood Center. Full Story »

  • West Nile Virus and the Blood Supply

    STANFORD, CA — Cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) are appearing throughout California. To date, 88 patients in the State have been diagnosed with the infection, including one in Santa Clara County and three in Contra Costa County. Area blood centers, including Stanford Blood Center, the Blood Centers of the Pacific, and the American Red Cross, have responded to the emergence of the virus by testing every unit of blood collected for the virus using tests being evaluated in clinical trials or recently cleared by the FDA. Full Story »

  • Stanford Blood Center Joins CBS5 for Summer Blood Drive

    STANFORD, Calif. — On Friday, July 7, Stanford Blood Center is teaming up with CBS5 and Weather Anchor Roberta Gonzales for a blood drive on the Fairmont Plaza in downtown San Jose from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Stanford Blood Center's bloodmobile will park between The Fairmont and the San Jose Museum of Art while Roberta Gonzales broadcasts her Early Edition weather forecasts. Full Story »



  • Stanford Blood Center to Hold Nov. 5 Party for New Facility

    STANFORD, Calif. — There's new blood in Palo Alto: The Stanford Blood Center has moved into its new flagship building south of campus near the Veteran's Administration hospital, and officials will be showing off the facility at a grand opening party for the public on Nov. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. Full Story »


  • 49ers & Raiders "Battle For Blood"

    Bay Area Football Fans Roll Up Their Sleeves to Show Team Spirit and Boost Blood Supplies

    STANFORD, Calif. - To help boost area blood supplies and to give football fans a unique way to show their team spirit, the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders are teaming up with Bay Area blood centers to host a "Battle for Blood." This first-time event will help alleviate the summertime blood shortage and show just how many fans "bleed for their team" the week of the teams' pre-season game against each other, Saturday, August 14th at 3Com Park. Full Story »

  • Stanford Blood Center Urges Type-O Blood Donations

    STANFORD, Calif. - Area residents with type-O blood are being asked to donate blood at the Stanford Blood Center to meet the current high demand at local hospitals. Type-O blood is needed for patients undergoing heart surgeries as well as several liver transplant patients. Full Story »


  • Stanford Blood Center Employee Is Out For Blood

    STANFORD, Calif. — Brenda Glover, an employee of the Stanford Blood Center, will wear a blood-drop costume on her daily commute for a week to promote blood donations. A CalTrain and Marguerite Shuttle user, she hopes her unusual effort will boost the profile of the blood center starting March 3. Full Story »


  • Stanford Blood Center Has Critical Need For Type-O Blood

    STANFORD, Calif. — The Stanford Blood Center is critically low in type-O blood at a time when demand is high, and is urging area residents to donate blood before the holidays. Among the local patients currently in need of type-O blood are a teenager awaiting a heart transplant, two adults with gastrointestinal bleeding and a liver transplant patient. Full Story »

  • Stanford Blood Center Launches Campaign To Increase Donations

    STANFORD, Calif. — The Stanford Blood Center has launched a campaign to encourage donations during the holiday period when the need for blood often increases and supplies diminish. In the campaign, new flags showing Lucile Packard Children's Hospital patient Xitlali Alvarez line El Camino Real between Sand Hill Road and Page Mill Road. The flags, which also line Welch Road where the Blood Center is located, read, "Save a life - Donate blood!" Full Story »

vCJD Press Kit Materials

  • New Travel Regulations Impact Local Blood Center

    STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Blood Center, along with blood centers throughout the U.S., will be further tightening donor restrictions related to residence in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and Europe. New guidelines issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will become effective in May and October 2002. Blood center officials estimate that the center will lose 4 percent of donors due to the new restrictions, which means about 1600 donors will become ineligible to donate. Full Story »

  • Blood Center Creates "Traveler's Club"

    STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Blood Center has created a new donor club to help prevent the blood shortages that may occur when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations on travel and residency defer many donors. Full Story »

  • vCJD Background Information

    New guidelines regarding travel to the United Kingdom and Europe are a result of the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) desire to further decrease the possibility that the agent that causes Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, or "Mad Cow Disease") could enter the U.S. blood supply. Full Story »

  • Stanford Blood Center Crucial to Children's Heart Program

    STANFORD, Calif. — The need for blood is more important than ever as the Stanford Blood Center welcomes two preeminent cardiac surgeons to the School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Frank L. Hanley, MD, professor of surgery and director of the Children's Heart Center, and Vadiyala Mohan Reddy, MD, associate professor and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, estimate they will conduct 400 to 500 pediatric cardiac surgeries in 2002. Full Story »