NE State named top blood drive sponsor for 4th straight year

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 2016, the College collected 452 units in drives on the College’s various campuses. This is the fourth year in a row the College has ranked number one in donations.

Other top community colleges for 2016 included Southwest Virginia Community College with 213 units and Mountain Empire Community College with 212.

70th Marsh RegionalMarsh also sponsors the Hero Cord Award to encourage blood donations from high school and college students.

Northeast State students who will graduate this spring and have accumulated four donations/or replacement donations are eligible to receive cords. The Red Hero Cords may be worn during commencement to recognize the student’s commitment to saving lives. These cords are provided to the college at no cost.

For more information about the Hero Cords, contact Kim Rapcan, director of Health Services at 423.323.0212 or 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 70 years.

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

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