Larger, Roomier Mobile Unit Now Accepting Blood Donations
January 31, 2023 — The Lee Health Blood Center has a new state-of-the-art blood mobile.
The new blood mobile was built completely from the ground up, and it’s larger and roomier than its predecessors, giving donors a more comfortable experience. This new addition will help the blood supply remain at a healthy level and ensure the health and safety of the Southwest Florida community. All blood donations will stay within Lee County.
Blood and blood products are used to treat trauma victims, surgical patients, premature babies, cancer patients and a variety of other conditions.
This new blood mobile will join Lee Health’s three other blood mobile buses, which is how the blood center collects 70-80% of its blood donations.
Location is often a primary barrier to collecting blood donations. The buses make donating easier by meeting people at sites in the community, including churches, retirement facilities and high schools.
“We are so excited about this new blood mobile because it will help us increase access for donors, which will ultimately help us get more donations for patients in need,” said Lee Health’s blood center director, Susie Nystrom. “It will make it much easier for volunteers to donate since we come to them, and they’ll love how much more space they’ll have. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Lee Health needs about 800 units of blood per week. A single donation can be separated into a variety of blood components—the platelets may go to a child with leukemia, the plasma to a patient with a clotting problem and the red blood cells to an accident victim.
In addition to visiting one of the blood mobiles, donors can also come to one of Lee Health’s four blood centers, which are open Monday through Friday. Their locations are:
- Lee Memorial Hospital, 2776 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers
- Cape Coral Hospital, 636 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral
- Summerlin Crossing, 15880 Summerlin Rd., Suite 113, Fort Myers
- Bonita Health Center, 3501 Health Center Blvd., Suite 2100, Bonita Springs
For more information about how to donate, please visit https://www.leehealth.org/our-services/blood-centers/blood-mobile.
About Lee Health
Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org.