West Nebraska Blood Center Returning to Regional West Medical Center

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., ― West Nebraska Blood Center and the Regional West Laboratory Patient Service Center are moving their operations back to Regional West Medical Center, on Monday, May 22.

After seeing donors at the 313 West 38th Street location since 2021, West Nebraska Blood Center is returning to its original location at Regional West Medical Center to provide access for donors to have the best customer experience. The last day of donor donation collections at the 313 West 38th Street location will be Wednesday, May 17.

“We are excited to return to our original location on Regional West’s main campus to continue providing service to our blood and platelet donors,” said Kelly Ramirez, HT (ASCP), Regional West Laboratory director.

West Nebraska Blood Center encourages blood and platelet donations this spring from both new and previous donors.

“Blood donation is a free gift that only takes a little bit of your time, but it is a critical resource for patients in need,” continued Ramirez.

The blood donation process usually takes less than one hour. Donors will complete a donor registration form, health history, and mini-physical (i.e., temperature, blood pressure, and pulse). It is helpful to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood. The blood collection takes approximately eight to 10 minutes, after which donors are given juice and a cookie.

The platelet donation process can take between one to two and a half hours. Donating blood or platelets is a simple and safe process. Donors must be in good health, be 17 years of age or older, and weigh more than 115 pounds. Platelet donors cannot take aspirin within 48 hours a donation.

Walk-ins to donate blood or platelets are accepted, but appointments are preferred. Located at 4021 Avenue B in Scottsbluff, West Nebraska Blood Center at Regional West Medical Center is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment or to learn more, call 308-630-2477.

Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff, Neb., is the parent company of Regional West Medical Center, a 188-bed regional referral center and the only Level II Trauma Center in Nebraska west of Kearney. As the region’s only tertiary referral medical center, Regional West offers care that spans more than 32 medical specialties provided by over 28 physician clinics. Regional West provides comprehensive and innovative health care services for the people of western Nebraska and the neighboring states of Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming.