KNOXVILLE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – MEDIC Regional Blood Center celebrates We Back Pat Week this week. MEDIC continues to have critically low inventory for blood types O Negative and A Negative.

WHO:             MEDIC Regional Blood Center

WHAT:            MEDIC’s We Back Pat Week

MEDIC Regional Blood Center continues to have critically low inventory for these blood types:

                   O Negative

                   A Negative

MEDIC Regional Blood Center continues to have low inventory for:

                   O Positive

                   A Positive

WHEN:           February 8 – 12  

Inventory Needs: Immediate

WHERE:         ALL MEDIC Regional Blood Center Donor Centers and Community Drives

Downtown Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Avenue

Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike

Athens – 213 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 104

Crossville – 96 Hayes St., Suite 202

                   Location Hours, directions, and Mobile Blood Drive List:

Note: MEDIC is requiring all donors to wear a mask or face covering. If a donor does not have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one.

                        Appointments are preferred for all donors and can be made to donate whole blood online at using the donate link or by calling 865-521-2658. There is limited availability for walk-in donors.

Appointments are required for Platelet and COVID Convalescent Plasma donations. Appointments can also be made by calling 865-524-3074.

WHY:              MEDIC Regional Blood Center is celebrating the late Coach Pat Summitt by hosting a special week each year. MEDIC will donate $5 per donor to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

As a reminder, the blood, platelets, and plasma on the shelves now is what would be used in a trauma event and it takes three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution.     

Additionally, MEDIC is not affiliated with American Red Cross in any way. Any products donated through ARC do not stay in our area – only products donated through MEDIC help your neighbors.

OTHER:        Donors will receive a special edition We Back Pat shirt and a Texas Roadhouse Appetizer coupon.



MEDIA:          Facebook: @medicblood

                        Twitter: @medicblood

                        Instagram: @medicbloodcenter


                        #donatebloodsavelives (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/11/2021-6AM)