Northeast State was named top blood drive sponsor among area colleges recently at the Marsh Regional Blood Center’s annual awards luncheon.
In 2011, the College collected 363 units in five drives on the Blountville campus, two drives at Northeast State at Kingsport, and one drive at Northeast State at Elizabethton. Other top schools included the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with 292 units and Mountain Empire Community College with 273 units.
“We are very honored to named as a top sponsor,” said Sue Robertson, nurse at the College’s Student Health Clinic. “The faculty, staff, and students are always supportive of blood drives and we thank them for their caring and commitment.”
Robertson said spring blood drives are slated March 28 on the Blountville campus and at Northeast State at Kingsport.
Marsh Regional Blood Center has been the largest hometown supplier of blood and blood products in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for more than 60 years. Since establishing the region’s first independent blood bank in Kingsport, Tenn., in 1947, the mission of Marsh Regional has been to collect and maintain blood supplies to meet local needs. Today, Marsh Regional supplies 22 medical facilities.