MercyOne Air Med coordinaties blood drives May 13

(ABC 6 News) – MercyOne Air Med is partnering with LifeServe Blood Center, Iowa’s largest nonprofit community based blood center, to host blood drives in three regions across the state.

The donation event, called “Answering the Call to Save Lives” will be held Friday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Des Moines, Mason City and Sioux City.

LifeServe bloodmobiles will accept blood donations at MercyOne helipads at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center. Donations in MercyOne’s North Iowa region will be at the LifeServe donor center in Mason City.

Potential donors can sign up online for an appointment, meet the flight teams and tour the helicopters. Food trucks will be available to grab a bite before or after donating. All donors will receive an event T-shirt and prizes will be given at each location.

Blood products are crucial to hospitals and EMS systems. When MercyOne Air Med helicopters launch on lifesaving missions, units of blood are on board. Recently, heavier seasonal blood needs and the COVID-19 pandemic tightened available blood supplies.

Held in previous years in Des Moines, the MercyOne Air Med blood drive has become one of LifeServe’s largest donor events. Expanding to MercyOne Air Med’s additional service areas is promising.