Be a Hometown Hero Today!
- Where Do I Donate?
- Stop by the Scott & White Blood Center on the first floor of the main hospital (Room 115) across from the McLane Dining room.
- Donate at one of our blood drives.
- Schedule an appointment or call 1-877-724-HERO.
- New Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday:
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Here at the Scott & White Blood Center, all the blood donated stays in the Central Texas area to help our friends and neighbors in need. Scott & White is your only truly local blood center.
So "Give Blood Ya'll" and become a Hometown Hero by donating blood at Scott & White today. Because where you donate is as important as why.
Why Become a Blood Donor?
- Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Nearly 400 units of blood must be available each week to meet the needs of Scott & White patients in your community.
- Approximately 60 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, but only 5 percent actually do.
- Each donation can touch the lives of up to three different patients.
- Blood can't be made artificially; it can only be given by healthy people like you.
- Your blood donation saves lives.
The Scott & White Blood Center needs approximately 75 to 100 donors giving blood on a daily basis in order to keep up with our local needs.
There has been a national shortage of blood since the 1990s. Here at Scott & White, we have been in a long term shortage for the last couple of years. Within this chronic shortage, the supply has fallen into very critical shortage points at times.
We are in constant need of Group O and Group A blood, as these are the highest percent of blood types transfused. Many people are unaware of the 48-hour time frame that it takes for blood to be tested, processed, and ready to transfuse to patients in need. For this reason, we need more people to become regular blood donors to help stabilize our blood supply long-term.
Who Needs Blood Donations?
- Trauma victims
- Burn victims
- Scheduled and emergency surgery patients
- Leukemia patients
- Sickle cell patients
- Patients with blood disorders such as anemia
- Organ transplant patient
Scott & White Hospital is the only level one trauma facility between Dallas and Austin. Patients from as far north as Johnson County and as far south as Caldwell County are treated at Scott & White.
What Is the Donation Process?
Donating blood is simple and safe. A person cannot contract HIV/AIDS from donating blood. Sterile, disposable needles and supplies are used only once and safely discarded after each donation.
The average adult body has between 10 and 12 pints of blood. During each donation, one pint of blood is collected. Blood can be donated every eight weeks per Food and Drug Administration regulations to allow the body enough time to regenerate red cells.
The entire donation process takes approximately 30-45 minutes with the actual donation lasting only 7-10 minutes. For a step-by-step process of the donation or for eligibility guidelines, visit our Donation Process and Donor Eligibility Requirements pages.