SMH Blood Drive

In honor of World Blood Donor Day, we’d like to thank everyone who donated blood at the Saline Memorial Hospital Blood Drive yesterday. We collected 41 units of blood, amounting to a total of 123 potential lives saved!

Our next blood drive will take place on September 18, so be sure to mark your calendars. For more information about becoming a blood donor, visit the American Red Cross at


Donating Blood 101

Nervous about donating blood? Or maybe it’s your first time and you’re not exactly sure what to expect. Not to worry! Here are a few tips and tricks from the American Red Cross to make your donation experience a great one.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be healthy
  • Must be 17 years or older, or 16 years old with parental consent
  • Must weigh 110 lbs or more


  1. Hydrate. Drink at least an extra 16 oz of fluids prior to donating.
  2. Iron. No, not your clothes. We mean sustaining a healthy level of iron in your diet by eating iron-rich foods such as red meat, spinach, or wheat products. Click here for an extensive list of iron-rich foods:
  3. Comfort. Avoid fussy tops and wear shirts with sleeves that are easy to roll up the day of your donation.
  4. Medication. Be familiar with any prescription and/or over the counter medications in your system. Bring a list if necessary.
  5. Identification. Don’t forget to bring your donor card, a driver’s license, or two other forms of identification with you to the blood drive.
  6. Sleep. Lastly, make sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before.


  1. Relax. Hang out for 10-15 minutes after donating before continuing with your daily activities.
  2. Replenish. Enjoy the complimentary drinks and snacks provided afterwards to replenish your body from any fluids and/or nutrients you may have lost during the donation.
  3. Rest. Avoid strenuous activity such as heavy lifting and/or exercise for the rest of the day.

We look forward to seeing you at the Saline Memorial Blood Drive on March 30th from 8:30am to 4:30pm in Conference Room 1. For more information, please call us at (501) 776-6000.

Give the Ultimate Gift This Holiday Season

During the holiday season, it’s easy to stress over finding the perfect gift for family and friends. However, if you ask a cancer survivor or a trauma victim to describe the perfect gift, many would tell you the perfect gift doesn’t come in a box. It’s a lifesaving blood donation.

Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) is hosting a two-day blood drive next Tuesday, December 13, from 9:00am-5:00pm and Wednesday, December 14, from 11:00am-6:00pm in the SMH Health Education Building-Classroom 1. In addition to cookies and refreshments, all donors will receive a long sleeve t-shirt as a reminder of their service to those in need.

“We need a steady blood supply to care for our patients throughout the year, but it’s especially critical during the holidays,” said Rebecca Jones, SMH Director of Marketing and Community Relations. “We often see an increase in vehicle accidents during the holiday months with more people traveling on the roads. However, this is a hard time of year to recruit donors because so many are unavailable due to vacation schedules, illness or inclement weather.”

All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, especially type O negative. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

“Blood is often needed for traumas, surgeries, premature babies, leukemia, cancer treatments and much more,” said Jones. “Since there is no substitute for human blood, these patients rely on volunteer blood donors to provide the blood products they need to survive.”

All donors are required to show a form of identification at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.

“The perfect gift costs nothing but an hour of your time and it could save up to three lives,” said Jones. “By donating, you have a chance to truly impact the health and life of a friend or neighbor in need. I can’t think of a better gift this Christmas.”

For more information about the upcoming SMH blood drive, call (501) 776-6764.

Saline Memorial Compassionate Blood Drive for Sophie Tilley

The Saline Memorial Hospital Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 7, will be a compassionate drive for Sophie Tilley. Sophie is the daughter of Senna Howell, SMH Home Health. Sophie just turned 14, and she has been at Children’s Hospital since being diagnosed with Secondary AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) on August 12. This is her third bout of cancer since February 2008. She will need continuous blood transfusions and platelets. Right now they are looking for a bone marrow donor match (her parents and siblings didn’t match) and as soon as one is found and she goes into remission, they will transfer her to Dallas for the transplant.

In an effort to support Senna and her family, all donations at our next drive will be in honor of Sophie. The Howell family will be notified of every person who donates in her name. We will also have a t-shirt for every donor to sign at the drive. This will be given to Sophie.

There’s no guarantee that the blood you give at this drive will go directly to Sophie. However, it will guarantee there’s a better chance that blood will be available for her when she needs it.

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Sponsored by the Police and Fire Departments



Wednesday, June 22

Bryant Wal-Mart


400 Bryant Ave

1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

To make an appointment go to and enter sponsor code: FireDeptBryant



Wednesday, June 22

Northside Church of Christ

Family Life Gym

220 S. Main St.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To make an appointment go to and enter sponsor code: FireDeptBenton


Text givelife to 42227 to join the Red Cross Blood texting program.

Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS today to schedule an appointment.

Saline Memorial Blood Drive

Monday, March 21


Classroom 1-Health Education Building

Everyone who donates will be entered to win one of two Visa gift cards!

Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation.

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Saline Memorial Hospital Blood Drive

Saline Memorial Hospital Blood Drive

Wednesday, June 16
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
SMH Health Education Building
Classroom 1

To make an appointment in advance, go to
and enter sponsor code: SMH

All donors will have a chance to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards.

High schools and colleges let out for the summer and people have less time to donate blood because they are busy traveling. The summer months are seasonally a very difficult time to collect enough blood to support the need.

While all blood types are needed during the critical summer months, Type O negative is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a summer shortage.

Your one donation can save up to three lives.

Saline County Banker’s Blood Drive

Thursday, February 11
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Two locations:
Benton: Northside Church of Christ
Bryant: Bryant Fire Department

Please support our local banks and community by helping increase the number of blood donors in Saline County. Don’t let the weather keep you away! It may be cold outside, but it will be warm inside with lots of free cookies and treats! Your single donation could save up to three lives.