Northeast State named top blood drive sponsor among area colleges

Northeast State Community College was named top blood drive sponsor among area colleges and universities recently at the Marsh Regional Blood Center’s annual awards luncheon.

In 2015, the College collected 443 units in drives on the College’s various campuses. This is the third year in a row the College has ranked number one in donations.

Other top schools for 2015 included the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with 417 units and Southwest Virginia Community College with 328 units.

“We are honored to be named as a top sponsor,” said Kim Rapcan, director of Health Services at Northeast State. “The faculty, staff, and students are always supportive of blood drives and we thank them for their commitment to donate year after year.”

Live and achieve logoRapcan said the Johnson City campus will host a drive on March 22 and drives are scheduled March 23 on the Blountville, Elizabethton, and Kingsport campuses. For more information about the College’s Health Services visit

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.

Through generous support from the community, Marsh Regional has grown steadily and today supplies 22 medical facilities and conducts more than 700 drives annually.

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