Founded in 1979, Mississippi Blood Services (MBS) is a not-for-profit, FDA-licensed blood center dedicated to providing a safe and ample supply of blood resources for patients, hospitals and other medical facilities throughout Mississippi. MBS was created to manage the state’s blood supply and, at present, serves over 40 hospitals across the state, from the Tennessee line to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Headquartered in Flowood, Mississippi Blood Services has two additional fixed locations in Oxford and Greenville as well as hosts as many as 5 to 10 blood drives across the state every day.
Over 90,000 units are required every year to provide the needed products to the hospitals that MBS services. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood and you never know when it will be someone that you know and love. From the car accident that could require 50-100 units to the cancer patient requiring it as part of their treatment, the need for volunteer blood donors never goes away. Only these volunteer blood donors can ensure that no Mississippi patient’s need for blood goes unmet.
Summer often becomes a very critical time for Mississippi Blood Services because of decreased blood donations. We often offer extra incentives to encourage people to come in during this critical time. One of those incentives is our Road to Life Campaign. This year one lucky donor will drive away in a 2016 Jeep Renegade from Mac Haik in Flowood.
Being a part of great partnerships such as the Greater Jackson Partnership allows us to spread the message of the importance of blood donors.