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Versiti Blood Center of Michigan Opens Gaylord Donor Center

Grand Rapids, Mich. – July 30, 2021

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan is thrilled to announce the grand opening of its new permanent donor center in downtown Gaylord. The 3,200-square-foot center is located at 133 W. Main St., Suite 101, and will serve blood and platelet donors in Otsego County and surrounding communities. 

“Versiti is excited to officially open the doors of our new donor center in Gaylord,” said Dawn Kaiser, area vice president and director of donor services, Versiti. “While we have served the community through mobile blood drives over the years, having a fixed space will allow our team to be more efficient and centralize our services to better serve current and potential donors, as well as our hospital partners in the area.”

To celebrate, Versiti will host a community blood drive on Tuesday, August 3. 

Details below:
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Versiti Gaylord Donor Center
133 W. Main St. Suite 101 
Gaylord, Michigan 49735

Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient donation, but walk-in donors are also welcome. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date. For more, visit Versiti.org/Michigan

Moving forward, the Gaylord donor center will be staffed by a team of donor specialists to welcome blood and platelet donors every Saturday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Starting in early 2022, the center will be open three days a week.

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan has been a part of the Gaylord and northern Michigan communities for many years and supplies over half of the blood product needs across the state, including sole supplier to local hospitals such as Munson and MidMichigan Health Systems

About Versiti Blood Center of Michigan

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan is a non-profit blood center headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. Founded in 1955, it is the primary provider of blood products and services for more than hospitals throughout Michigan and is an established leader in quality and service. Versiti collects more than 114,000 units of blood each year throughout the state at eight permanent donation sites and more than 3,400 community blood drives. For more, visit versiti.org/Michigan.

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