Red Cross to cease blood dona­tions in cen­tral Arkansas

El Dorado News-Times - - Out & About -

LIT­TLE ROCK (AP) — The Amer­i­can Red Cross says it will no longer be tak­ing blood dona­tions from cen­tral Arkansas start­ing next year but will con­tinue pro­vid­ing ser­vices to other parts of the state.

The Red Cross plans to trans­fer its Lit­tle Rock and Rus­sel­lville-based blood col­lec­tions to the Arkansas Blood In­sti­tute by Jan­uary, the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ported.

The non­profit said 44 of its em­ploy­ees in cen­tral Arkansas will be los­ing their jobs, though 43 will be of­fered equiv­a­lent jobs with the Arkansas Blood In­sti­tute.

"The Red Cross knows these changes will af­fect the lives of our em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies, and is com­mit­ted to do­ing the most it can to help make this tran­si­tion as smooth as pos­si­ble," the non­profit said in a state­ment.

Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas re­gion spokesman Joe Zydlo said the change makes sense be­cause the Red Cross no longer pro­vides blood to any cen­tral Arkansas trauma hos­pi­tals.

"If we can work to­gether to help each other, great, in­stead of it be­ing a com­pe­ti­tion," Zydlo said. "Hope­fully this is a good align­ment, and this works out."

The Red Cross said the change won't af­fect lo­cal hos­pi­tals and pa­tients.

Zydlo said the change will al­low the Red Cross to turn its at­ten­tion to hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vices in Arkansas.

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