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Blood Donor Center

Michael Amini Transfusion Medicine Center
City of Hope is one of the largest, hospital-based donor centers of blood and platelets in the country. With the Michael Amini Transfusion Medicine Center, a green-certified, state-of-the-art facility, we are able to expand our blood collection, analysis, processing and transfusion programs dramatically.

Patients at City of Hope – most of whom are fighting cancer – rely on more than 37,000 units of blood and platelets each year for their survival. And every one of those units comes from people like you – family, friends and other caring individuals who want to make a difference.
 
Because there is no substitute for human blood, your donation is a lifeline to the men, women and children in our care.
 

 
To ensure the safety of patients and donors, certain qualifications must be met before giving. Units of blood and platelets collected at City of Hope are used for City of Hope patients only.
The men, women and children in our care depend on the generosity of people like you. The blood or platelets you donate provides a direct lifeline to hope.
 
National Marrow Donor Program (Be the Matchsm)
The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) is the largest, most diverse marrow and blood stem cell registry in the world, facilitating critically needed transplants for patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases across the country. Thirty percent of all patients who need a bone marrow transplant will find a suitable donor within his or her family. The other 70 percent of patients rely on unrelated volunteer donors who have joined the NMDP's Be The Match Registry.

City of Hope is an NMDP-designated Donor Center, Collection Center, Apheresis Center and Transplant Center. Go to the Be the Match page to learn how to register and donate peripheral blood stem cells and marrow.
 

Donate Blood and Platelets
To donate blood and/or platelets, receive more information or to schedule an appointment, go to: www.idonateblood4hope.org or please call: 626-471-7171. If you have additonal questions, please email us: donateblood@coh.org.
 

Monday - Tuesday
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday - Saturday
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Second Sunday of the month
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 
 

Blood Donation FAQs

What to expect while donating?

The process is easy and usually takes less than an hour for whole blood and two hours for platelets. After answering a few questions about your medical history, you will undergo a brief mini-physical exam to determine your current health status. You can usually resume everyday activities almost immediately after donating.

How often can I donate?

Qualified individuals may donate whole blood once every 56 days and platelets every two weeks.

What happens to my blood after I donate?

Blood and platelets go to the blood bank  for processing and samples are sent out for infectious disease testing. The products are then labeled, stored and transfused when needed. 

How do my blood components help?

Blood and platelets are the lifeline for our patients. Our patients rely on blood and platelet transfusions to aid during their cancer treatments and transplants.

What screening tests are performed on donated blood and platelets?

 
  • Antibodies to Hepatitis C virus
  • Antibodies to Hepatitis B core/ surface
  • Antibodies to Human T-Lymphotropic
  • Antibodies to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Types 1&2
  • Syphilis
  • NAT testing
  • West Nile Virus
  • Bacteria testing for platelets

Can I direct my blood donation to a specific patient?

Blood donations from friends and family are a great source of encouragement and support for a patient needing transfusions.
 
If your blood type is compatible with the patient, your donated blood can be given directly to your loved one. If your blood is not the same type, it is still important that you donate to help other City of Hope patients who are a blood type match and seriously in need of your help.
 
In most circumstances, platelet donations do not need be the same blood type. Therefore, most friends and family members can direct their platelet donations to their loved one. Because platelets can only be stored for 3-5 days, it is important that there is consistent support for our patients.
 
You can help rally friends and family members by sponsoring blood drives for patients as well as arranging for group donations in our Donor Center. Encourage friends and family members to call the City of Hope Blood Donor Center at (626) 471-7171 and schedule an appointment to donate blood and/or platelets or make arrangements for a blood drive in your community.
 
To find a blood drive in your community, please call 626-301-8385.

How can I get others to donate?

Encourage friends and family members to call the City of Hope Blood Donor Center at 626-471-7171 or visit www.iDonateBlood4Hope.org  to schedule an appointment to donate blood and or platelets.

Will patients need blood and platelet donations?

There is no conclusive information to show that blood from a directed donor is safer than blood from a community donor. Blood collected from both designated and community donors are tested for diseases that can be transmitted by blood. Care should be taken when selecting directed donors; they should never be pressured into donating.

Are directed donations safer?

The process is easy and usually takes less than an hour for whole blood and two hours for platelets. After answering a few questions about your medical history, you will undergo a brief mini-physical exam to determine your current health status. You can usually resume everyday activities almost immediately after donating.

Blood Donation - Patient Designated FAQs

Can I direct my blood donation to a specific patient?

Blood donations from friends and family are a great source of encouragement and support for a patient needing transfusions.
 
If your blood type is compatible with the patient, your donated blood can be given directly to your loved one. If your blood is not the same type, it is still important that you donate to help other City of Hope patients who are a blood type match and seriously in need of your help.
 
In most circumstances, platelet donations do not need be the same blood type. Therefore, most friends and family members can direct their platelet donations to their loved one. Because platelets can only be stored for 3-5 days, it is important that there is consistent support for our patients.
 
You can help rally friends and family members in the fight by sponsoring blood drives for patients as well as arranging for group donations in our Donor Center. Encourage friends and family members to call the City of Hope Blood Donor Center at (626) 471-7171 and schedule an appointment to donate blood and/or platelets or make arrangements for a blood drive in your community.
 
To find a blood drive in your community, please call 626-301-8385.

Can I donate platelets to a patient even if our blood types don't match?

In most circumstances, platelet donations do not need be the same blood type.

How can I get others to donate?

There is no conclusive information to show that blood from a directed donor is safer than blood from a community donor. Blood collected from both designated and community donors are tested for diseases that can be transmitted by blood. Care should be taken when selecting directed donors; they should never be pressured into donating.

Are directed donations safer?

Directed donors can donate more frequently depending on the donation type. Please call our appointment libe at 626-471-7171 to confirm eligability. 

How often can I donate as a directed donor?

To receive more information on our Directed Donor Program please contact Jennifer Zuniga at 626-256-4673 ext 69038 or email her.

Donation Qualifications

Please note that units of blood and platelets collected at City of Hope are used for City of Hope patients only. We do not transfer nor sell any blood products to other hospitals.
 
To make an appointment online go to: 


www.idonateblood4hope.org
 
 
  • If you would like to donate, you must be at least 17 years of age and weight at least 110 lbs. Donors age 16 may donate if they weigh a minimum of 120 lbs. and have a signed City of Hope Donor Center Parental Consent.
  • All donors must possess a government issued picture ID (e.g., a driver's license, passport, etc.). We also encourage you to have a healthy meal and be well hydrated (with non-caffeinated fluids) before donating.
  • Please note for platelet pheresis donors only: Do not take any ibuprofen, aspirin or aspirin-containing products 48 hours before your donation.

Patient-directed donations:
 
  • Directed donors must present the following information at the time of donation: the patient's name (as registered in the hospital), date of birth and/or medical record number.
  • A donor's blood type cannot be determined before donation. If the donor’s blood passes all tests, but is not the same blood type, it will automatically be released for use by other patients.
  • There is no credit system for directed units donated at local hospitals or any other collection agency.
 
You cannot donate blood if you have experienced:
 
  • Cold or flu symptoms three days prior to donation or do not feel well on day of donation
  • Taken antibiotics in the last 2 days
  • Major dental work (crown, root canal, gum surgery) in the past 24 hours
  • Hepatitis after the age of 11 years
  • A history of cancer (except basal cell skin or in situ cancers)
  • Had a tattoo, ear or skin piercing (ear piercing done with a sterile piercing gun is OK), accidental needle stick or come in contact with someone else’s blood in the past 12 months
  • Received a blood transfusion in the last 12 months
  • Spent more than 72 consecutive hours in jail or prison in the past 12 months
  • Traveled to a malaria risk area within the last 12 months
  • Had malaria within the last three years
  • Spent a combined total of:
    • three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996 
    • five years or more in Europe from 1980 to present
    • six months or more associated with a military base in any of the following countries:
    • From 1980 through 1990: Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany
    • From 1980 through 1996: Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece
       
  • Are or have been pregnant in the last six weeks
  • Were treated for syphilis or gonorrhea in the past 12 months
  • Used a needle to inject nonprescription drugs (including steroids)
  • Are at risk for HIV exposure, the virus that causes AIDS
 

Be The Match Registry


Are you or is someone you know in need of a marrow transplant?
 
Do you want to know what you can do to help patients in need of a marrow donor?
 
Contact our Be The Match office here at City of Hope for more information about ways you can help add lifesaving marrow donors to the registry. The more donors we add to the registry, the more lives we can save.
 
Be The Match Marrow Registry
626-301-8483
Dial ext. 68483 if calling from City of Hope

Our office is located at
City of Hope
Michael Amini Transfusion Medicine Center, 2nd Floor, Suite #2040
 
Be The Match Registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, finds matches for bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening blood diseases. Our goal is to educate and register new members from a wide range of ethnic and racial backgrounds, in order to give patients a better chance of finding a match. Even with a registry of millions, many patients cannot find a match. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed. Seventy percent of patients do not have a donor in their family so they rely on the registry to find an unrelated marrow donor.
 
There are many ways you can help including:
  • Host a marrow drive at your home, church, school or in your community to add more donors to the registry.
  • Join our fundraising efforts. It costs Be The Match Registry $100 to add each new registry member, so we are always looking for help with fundraising to support our program.
  • Volunteer!  We always need helping hands to support our efforts in various ways.
 
You have the power to heal, the power to save a life.
 
 
 

Find a Drive Near You

To find a blood drive in your community, please call 626-301-8385 or email: donateblood@coh.org for information. There are blood drives throughout the greater Los Angeles and Orange counties. To make an appointment online: www.idonateblood4hope.org.
 
Arrange for a blood drive in your community
We conduct mobile blood and bone marrow drives in businesses, schools and community organizations, such as churches and synagogues, within a 50-mile radius of our campus in Duarte, Calif. If you would like to sponsor a drive, please call Tracee Elder at 626-301- 8385.
 
By joining forces with us, you can count on:
 
  • A program customized to fit your needs
  • Recognition for your business or group Invitations to special events for our community partners
  • Availability of our staff to speak at your luncheons or business meetings
  • A display-worthy certificate honoring your contribution
 
All blood drives conducted by City of Hope are set up in an enclosed room at your location. We supply all of the necessary equipment, including beds. Please note that all blood products collected by City of Hope are used for City of Hope patients and we do not sell or transfer any blood products to other hospitals.
 
Proof of liability insurance is provided upon request. Request must be submitted at least seven working days prior to the blood drive.
 
To host a blood drive you will need to:
 
  • Designate a contact person who will become familiar with the requirements for blood donation and schedule blood donors.
  • Schedule your blood drive with the City of Hope coordinator at least five weeks in advance.
  • Identify a site before we can confirm the blood drive. The site must meet the following criteria:
    • Minimum of 1000 square feet (one room or combined rooms) of cleared area
    • Sufficient lighting and electrical outlets
    • Well ventilated (air conditioned and/or heated)
    • Restrooms onsite
    • Running water
    • Accessible for loading and unloading of supplies
    • Cleared of furniture
    • Minimum of 50 committed donors must sign the donor sign-up list. The complete donor list must be forwarded to City of Hope coordinator seven working days before the drive.
 
Site inspections will be conducted by a City of Hope coordinator within one week of submitting your request. Any changes or modifications to the site must be communicated to City of Hope prior to the visit. Changes made after the inspection will result in drive cancellation.
 
Volunteers must be scheduled to help during the drive. City of Hope staff will provide orientation to all volunteers on their assigned task on the day of the drive. The organization/group sponsoring a blood drive may promote the event by contacting the local media. Any contact with the media must be communicated to your City of Hope coordinator as soon as possible. Any printed information, such as flyers and newspaper ads, that includes City of Hope logo, name or name(s) of City of Hope staff must be reviewed and approved by the City of Hope coordinator prior to distribution.
 
City of Hope retains the right to withdraw from this commitment in the event of a medical center emergency.

 

 
Clinics/Treatments/Services
As a Comprehensive Cancer Center – the highest designation given by the National Cancer Institute – we are widely regarded as a leader in cancer prevention and treatment.
 

Refer a Patient
Physicians can choose a number of options to refer a patient:

  • Call 800-826-HOPE (4673) to speak with a patient referral specialist.
  • Fax the patient face sheet to 626-301-8432
  • Complete an online callback request form
 
Cancer Prevention
Donating Blood
Support the Amini Center
Only through the partnership of individual, corporate and foundation supporters can we fully realize the promise of the Michael Amini Transfusion Medicine Center.
 
To support the Michael Amini Transfusion Medicine Center, please contact Sharon Joyce at 800-272-2310.
 
 
To make an appointment for yourself, a family member or a friend, please complete and submit our Become a Patient Request Form, or call City of Hope at
800-826-HOPE (4673).
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