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Community Blood Services’
New Paramus Donor Center Now Open


March 2014

 
Oscar Villalobos of Union City was the first donor at Community Blood Services’ new donor center in the Bergen Medical Center at 1 Ridgewood Avenue when it opened on Monday, March 3.

PARAMUS, NJ - Community Blood Services’ Paramus Donor Center started welcoming blood, platelet and plasma donors at its new home in the Bergen Medical Center, One West Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 208 on Monday, March 3. The previous donor center on Linwood Avenue is no longer open for donations.

“Employees and donors like the open flow and the bright, cheery atmosphere in the new donor room which is lined with windows,” said Karen Ferriday, director of community affairs for Community Blood Services. “The new donor center is only a mile away from the previous center, still conveniently located near Route 17.”

Eligible volunteer donors of all blood types and products are invited to call 201-251-3703 to schedule their next donation at the new center or for donation hours. Or they can click here to schedule an appointment online.

“For 60 years our Paramus Donor Center has been welcoming our donors’ life-giving donations in Paramus and we will continue to do so at the new center,” Ferriday added.

She said there has been an ongoing need for all types of blood donors and blood products this winter season, including Type O negative, Type O positive, B negative, AB male plasma and platelets.

Ferriday said donors who donate at the Paramus Donor Center on Friday, March 7 or Saturday, March 8 will receive a ShopRite gift card as a thank you for making their donations at the new center. The center will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Donors must be 17-75 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. All donors will receive health screenings with their donations, including non-fasting glucose and cholesterol screenings.

Community Blood Services, a not-for-profit organization, provides blood and blood products for patients in 18-plus hospitals in New Jersey and New York, including Hackensack University Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson/Wayne and The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.


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