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North Country Regional Blood Center

Contact Info: 85 Plaza Boulevard
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 562-7406

Hours of Service: Monday through Friday
from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The North Country Regional Blood Center is a not-for-profit program coordinated by CVPH Medical Center. We rely on the generosity of North Country people who donate blood used by other North Country residents at CVPH as well as at hospitals in Canton-Potsdam, Elizabethtown, Malone, Massena and Saranac Lake.

Hosting a Drive Or Questions

To host a blood drive or if you have questions about donating, contact Nancy Roberts, R.N. at (518) 562-7406 or by e-mailing

Upcoming Blood Drives  

      • Friday, April 3, Clinton County Advocacy and Resource, New York Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      • Monday, April 6, Plattsburgh State University Angell Center, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      • Tuesday, April 7, Brushton-Moira American Legion Post #939, Moira, 4 to 7 p.m. This drive is held in memory of Shannon Planty.
      • Wednesday, April 8, Fraternal #155, West Chazy Masonic Lodge, 4 to 7 p.m.
      • Thursday, April 9, AuSable Forks Volunteer Ambulance Service, 2:30 to 7 p.m.
      • Monday, April 13, Mountain Lake Services Keeseville, Noon to 4 p.m.
      • Tuesday, April 14, SUNY Canton, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      • Wednesday, April 15, Jeffords Steel, Noon to 3 p.m.
      • Friday, April 17, CV-TEC Plattsburgh, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      • Monday, April 20, Northern Insuring, 9 a.m. to Noon
      • Monday, April 20, Essex Fire Department, co-sponsor Masonic Lodge, 4 to 7 p.m.
      • Tuesday, April 21, Rouses Point Fire Department, 3 to 7:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, April 22, St. Lawrence County Human Services Building, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      • Thursday, April 23, Beekmantown Fire Department, 4 to 7 p.m.
      • Thursday, April 23, North Country Community College Malone, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      • Friday, April 24, Ausable Valley High School, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
      • Monday, April 27, West Chazy Fire Department, 4 to 7 p.m.
      • Tuesday, April 28, Malone Fire Department, 3 to 7 p.m.
      • Tuesday, April 28, Seton Catholic High School, Noon to 3 p.m.
      • Thursday, April 30, Essex County Department of Social Services, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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      Facts About Us

      The North Country Regional Blood Center is a service provided by CVPH Medical Center. CVPH employees collect blood at drives throughout the North Country and at the Donor Center located in the CVPH Health Plaza across from Hannaford's. Other CVPH employees process the blood in the Blood Bank that is part of the Medical Center's Laboratory.

      The blood donor program has been in place for more than 20 years. It is accredited by the AABB, the national accrediting agency that oversees blood banking. You can rest assured that the blood and blood products processed by the North Country Regional Blood Center meet or exceed all national standards for safety and quality. The pre-screening questions and standards that our donors must adhere to, the policies and protocols used in collecting the donations, and the testing and processing carried out prior to making the blood available are the same as adhered to by the American Red Cross and other accredited programs. Our program provides more than 95% of the blood used at CVPH. If other units are needed, they are purchased from the American Red Cross.

      We are proud to work hand in hand with the national marrow donor program, Be The Match. Often, those attending a community blood drive will  have the opportunity to register with this bone marrow registry.

      The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization, is the global leader in providing bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants to patients in need. As Be The Match®, it operates the Be The Match Registry®, the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units and raises funds to help provide transplants to all patients through the Be The Match Foundation®. Part of its mission is to match patients with donors, educate health care professionals and conduct research through our research arm, the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research® (CIBMTR), so more lives can be saved. To learn more,

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      Facts About Blood Donation

      • You can donate whole blood every eight weeks. Apheresis donors can give more often than that.
      • There are four main blood types: A, B, AB and O. AB is the universal recipient; O Negative is the universal donor.
      • Platelets from your blood support blood clotting and give those with leukemia and other illnesses a chance to live.
      • If all blood donors gave just two to four times a year, it would significantly help prevent blood shortages.
      • A single pint of blood could save up to four lives.
      • Every time you give blood you are giving someone life: a child, mother, father, brother, sister, grandparents or even a friend. Life, what a gift!
      • You cannot contract HIV/AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood.

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      Apheresis & Autologous Blood Donation

      Apheresis donation: Our most frequent donors are apheresis donors. Apheresis is the process of removing a specific component from blood and returning the remaining components to the donor in order to collect more of one particular part of the blood than could be separated from a unit of whole blood. This procedure is also called hemapheresis or pheresis. Apheresis takes longer than a whole blood donation. A whole blood donation takes about 10-20 minutes to collect the blood, while an apheresis donation may take about 1-2 hours.

      Autologous donation: Donating your own blood before surgery is what is known as an autologous blood donation. The Blood Center staff draws your blood and stores it until you need it during or after surgery. This option is only for non-emergency or elective surgery that is scheduled well in advance. It has the advantage of eliminating or minimizing the need for someone else's blood during and after surgery. The disadvantage is that it requires advanced planning that may delay surgery. Some medical conditions may prevent the pre-operative donation of blood products.

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      Quality & Safety

      The North Country Regional Blood Center staff is committed to safety for its donors and the recipients of their donations. All involved can take comfort in knowing that nationally recognized safety and quality standards are being met or exceeded. The program is fully accredited by the AABB. The AABB's Accreditation Program strives to improve the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and blood products. It assesses the quality and operational systems in place within the North Country Regional Blood Center. The basis for assessment includes compliance with Standards, Code of Federal Regulations and federal guidance documents. This independent assessment helps to prepare for other inspections and serves as a valuable tool to improve both compliance and operations.

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      Who Can Donate Blood

      To be eligible to donate blood, a person must be in good health and generally must be at least 17 years of age (although some states permit younger people, with parental consent, to donate). Minimum weight requirements may vary among facilities, but generally, donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. Most blood banks have no upper age limit. All donors must pass the physical and health history examinations given prior to donation.

      Volunteer donors provide nearly all blood used for transfusion in the United States. The donor's body replenishes the fluid lost from donation in 24 hours. It may take up to two months to replace the lost red blood cells. Whole blood can be donated once every eight weeks (56 days). Two units of red blood cells can be donated at one time, using a process known as red cell apheresis. This type of donation can be made every 16 weeks.

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      Who Should Not Donate Blood?

      • Anyone who has ever used intravenous drugs (illegal IV drugs)
      • Men who have had sexual contact with other men since 1977
      • Anyone who has ever received clotting factor concentrates
      • Anyone with a positive test for HIV (AIDS virus)
      • Men and women who have engaged in sex for money or drugs since 1977
      • Anyone who has had hepatitis since his or her eleventh birthday
      • Anyone who has had babesiosis or Chagas disease
      • Anyone who has taken Tegison for psoriasis
      • Anyone who has risk factors for Crueutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) or who has an immediate family member with CJD
      • Anyone who has risk factors for vCJD
      • Anyone who spent three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996
      • Anyone who has spent five years in Europe from 1980 to the present.

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      What Is the Most Common Blood Type?

      The approximate distribution of blood types in the US population is as follows. Distribution may be different for specific racial and ethnic groups:

       O Rh-positive ---  38 percent
       O Rh-negative ---   7 percent
       A Rh-positive ---  34 percent
       A Rh-negative ---   6 percent
       B Rh-positive ---   9 percent
       B Rh-negative ---   2 percent
       AB Rh-positive ---   3 percent
       AB Rh-negative  ---   1 percent

      In an emergency, anyone can receive type O red blood cells, and type AB individuals can receive red blood cells of any ABO type. Therefore, people with type O blood are known as "universal donors," and those with type AB blood are known as "universal recipients." In addition, AB plasma donors can give to all blood types.

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      What Tests Are Performed on Donated Blood?

      After blood has been drawn, it is tested for ABO group (blood type) and Rh type (positive or negative), as well as for any unexpected red blood cell antibodies that may cause problems in a recipient. Screening tests also are performed for evidence of donor infection with hepatitis B and C viruses, human immunodeficiency viruses HIV-1 and HIV-2, human T-lymphotropic viruses HTLV-I and HTLV-II, and syphilis. The FDA is allowing national deployment of investigational nucleic acid amplification tests (NAT) to screen blood for West Nile virus (WNV) genetic material -- an approach similar to that taken for NAT to detect HIV and HCV.

      The specific tests currently performed are listed below:

      • Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)
      • Hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc)
      • Hepatitis C virus antibody (anti-HCV)
      • HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibody (anti-HIV-1 and anti-HIV-2)
      • HTLV-I and HTLV-II antibody (anti-HTLV-I and anti-HTLV-II)
      • Serologic test for syphilis
      • Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT) for HIV-1 and HCV
      • NAT for WNV