December 5, 2012
Attention News Desk: Press Release (for immediate release)
Dayna Kerecman Myers (202) 669-2921
STANFORD, Calif. —Donating blood will become a little more convenient for Menlo Park residents on Dec. 10 when the Stanford Blood Center opens its new location at 445 Burgess Drive.
The Menlo Park location will replace the center’s location at 780 Welch Road in Palo Alto, which will close permanently Dec. 7 as part of the Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project. The new Menlo Park facility is directly across the street from scenic Burgess Park and is a half-mile from the city’s Caltrain station.
“We will miss our 780 Welch Road center, where we have operated since 2004,” said center administrator Harpreet Sandhu. “However, we are excited about the opportunity to branch out into Menlo Park. We hope our donors will move with us, because patients in the community rely on the blood our donors provide.”
In addition to the Menlo Park site, Stanford Blood Center will continue to draw blood at its two other locations: 3373 Hillview Ave. in Palo Alto, and 515 South Drive in Mountain View. All three centers are open six days a week (closed on Sundays).
Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to donation, and present photo identification at the time of donation. The process takes about an hour. For more information or to schedule an appointment online, please call (888) 723-7831 or visit smstaging.stanford.edu/bloodcenter.
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Stanford Blood Center was created at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1978 to meet the complex transfusion needs of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, as well as provide tailored blood products and clinical trial services for school researchers. Today the center provides blood products to eight local hospitals and is a recognized leader in the field of transfusion medicine. More information is available at https://bloodcenter-stg.stanford.edu.