UK Hospital PICU Nurse Wins KBC Jamaican Getaway    

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UK Hospital PICU Nurse Wins KBC Jamaican Getaway    

KBC presented first of two Summer Getaway grand prizes Thursday to Kelsey Michael

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kelsey Michael, a 26-year-old pediatric intensive care unit nurse at the University of Kentucky Hospital, is the lucky winner of an all-expenses paid vacation for two to Jamaica, the first of two grand prizes Kentucky Blood Center is awarding this summer to donors who give blood during the Summer Getaway Giveaway.

Kelsey Michael, a 26-year-old pediatric intensive care unit nurse at UK Hospital, won a trip for two to the Excellence Oyster Bay in Montego Bay in the first of two prizes in the KBC 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway.

Michael, who first donated when she was 18 years old at a drive on the UK’s campus, was presented the six-day, five-night trip to the Excellence Oyster Bay – an all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica – on Thursday at KBC’s Beaumont headquarters.

“Giving blood has always been easy for me just knowing how often we need it,” Michael said. “I have always kind of thought in my head that every time I give blood (to a pediatric patient), I am going to donate blood. I know it’s not medically possible to do that, but it’s one of those things that motivates me to do it is that mind set of, ‘Give blood to a kid, donate some myself.’ I have seen countless lives saved because of blood donation, so I just want to do my part.”

Michael, a Northern Kentucky native, has been a loyal donor with KBC throughout her education at UK and now as a nurse in Lexington. She has donated whole blood and platelets consistently since 2014.

Michael’s winning registration occurred May 28 at the Beaumont Donor Center, just five days after the Summer Getaway Giveaway began. The window for the Jamaican vacation portion of the Summer Getaway Giveaway was May 23 through July 4. Individuals 18 and older who registered to give blood with KBC during that period were eligible. Nearly 9,000 entries were recorded.

Michael received the winning call from Mandy Brajuha, VP for external relations for KBC, shortly after the July Fourth holiday. The conversation was both relieving and surprising after Michael received a voicemail from Brajuha asking her to call KBC regarding a recent donation.

“I honestly didn’t believe her when she first said something,” Michael said. “I forgot that they do these kinds of things for donating blood because I never did it for more than just donating blooding and knowing the importance of it. It was just kind of an added bonus to doing good for others.”

Michael, who is currently balancing work and school to become a pediatric nurse practitioner, is planning to take a fellow co-worker and classmate. They are currently looking at dates in the winter when they can both take time off work and school is out of session.

“It will be really nice to be off work and relax and not have to worry about it with some of the things we see and deal with every day,” Michael said. “Work was really generous to give us permission to take the time off. This is something we are both looking forward to.”

The Jamaican vacation is the first of two prizes in the 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway. KBC is once again offering its summer vehicle giveaway this year, providing all donors 18 and older who register between May 23 and Sept. 10 the chance to win a 2022 Toyota RAV4. KBC began giving away brand-new Toyota vehicles to boost summer blood donations in 2008. This marks the second straight summer the non-profit organization has given away two grand prizes.

Summer is traditionally a difficult time for blood centers. Transfusions generally rise in the summer months while donations decline. After two years of diminishing donations because of COVID-19 complications, this summer has put a considerable strain on the already low blood supply. KBC is currently battling a critical blood shortage as transfusions have taken an uptick in July and donations have reached their normal summer slump.

Bill Reed, CEO of KBC, is calling on all donors to help KBC dig out of the two-year hole and help local patients.

“We are thrilled to announce Kelsey as the first of two winners for our 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway,” Reed said. “It was special to find out that someone who literally saves young lives every day and has been with us since she was in college was our winner. We want to thank Kelsey for her persistence in helping others, and we hope it will inspire more donors to come out this summer and potentially win a new car.”

The Toyota RAV4 features a blizzard pearl white exterior with a Nutmeg SofTex interior. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, front-wheel drive car is equipped with a limited-grade advanced technology package, a limited-grade weather package and a panoramic glass roof.

KBC, the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky, services more than 90 Kentucky counties from Pikeville to Paducah. Blood donations help KBC supply blood for cancer treatments, premature births, car accidents, diseases, surgeries and more in more than 70 hospitals across the state.

Kentucky Blood Center recently opened new donor centers in the Tri-County area (Corbin) and Frankfort. With eight donor centers in six cities and nearly 2,000 mobile drives a year, KBC is better equipped than ever to serve local patients in Kentucky, but donations are needed.

Donors can schedule an appointment at  kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Donate at any of our eight donor centers or more than 2,000 mobile drives:

Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Dr.
Lexington, KY 40509
Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle
Lexington, KY 40513
Hillview Donor Center
5406 Antle Drive Suite 101
Louisville, KY 40229
Middletown Donor Center
12905 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243
Frankfort Donor Center
363 Versailles Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Trail
Pikeville, KY 41501
Somerset Donor Center
10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A)
Somerset, KY 42503
Tri-County Donor Center
1454 W. Cumberland Gap Pkwy
Corbin, KY 40701

About Kentucky Blood Center

Celebrating nearly 55 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville and Somerset.

Kentucky Blood Center Opening Eighth Donor Center

Frankfort location will provide convenient location for loyal area donors


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky Blood Center will open its eighth donor center on Tuesday, July 5, providing convenient access to its loyal donor base in Frankfort with the Capital City location.

The Frankfort Donor Center is located at 363 Versailles Rd., in Dollar Tree Manor adjacent to the Brighton Place Kroger shopping plaza.

The Frankfort Donor Center will open on July 5.

Donors can make appointments online now for the Frankfort location at kybloodcenter.org or by calling 800.775.2522. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.

In addition to KBC’s two donor centers in Lexington (Beaumont and Andover), two in Louisville (Middletown and Hillview), Somerset and Pikeville, KBC also recently opened the Tri-County Donor Center in Corbin, bringing KBC to eight brick-and-mortar centers open to donors Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In combination with Kentucky Blood Center’s nearly 2,000 mobile drives a year, the nonprofit is better equipped than ever to serve more than 70 medical facilities in the state and provide services for more than 90 Kentucky counties from Pikeville to Paducah. KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky.

“The pandemic forced blood centers across America to change the ways they were doing business,” said Bill Reed, CEO of Kentucky Blood Center. “Donors feel comfortable visiting donor centers and enjoy the convenience of daily appointment opportunities. We have added two donor centers in areas where we have a strong base of donors to provide those lifesaving individuals with better opportunity to give.”

The openings come at an important time. KBC and blood centers across the nation have been operating with a low supply throughout the pandemic. Summer typically leads to a drop in donors when schools aren’t in session and many families are traveling.

KBC is also offering exciting promotional items this summer, headlined by the 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway. All donors 18 and older who register now through Sept. 10 will have the chance to win a 2022 Toyota RAV4. A winner for the Jamaican vacation portion of the Summer Getaway Giveaway will be announced soon.

Blood donations help KBC supply blood to local hospitals for cancer treatments, premature births, car accidents, diseases, surgeries and more. One donation can save up to three lives, and one in four people will need a transfusion at some point in their life.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.

Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Cir.
Lexington, KY 40513
859.276.2534  
Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Dr.
Lexington, KY 40509
859.327.3223
Tri-County Donor Center
1454 W. Cumberland Gap Pkwy.
Corbin, KY 40701
606.261.7002
Middletown Donor Center
12905 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243
502.290.0537
Hillview Donor Center
5406 Antle Dr.
Louisville, KY 40229
502.915.0989
Frankfort Donor Center
363 Versailles Rd., Suite 300
Frankfort, KY 40601
502.234.2447
Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Trail
Pikeville, KY 41501
606.432.4979  
Somerset Donor Center
10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A)
Somerset, KY 42503
606.679.7413
Mobile Drives
Serving more than 90 counties
Find a drive near you

About Kentucky Blood Center
Celebrating nearly 55 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville, Somerset and the Tri-County area.

KBC Encourages Eligible Individuals to Make Donation on World Blood Donor Day

A blood transfusion is needed every two seconds in the United States

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ahead of World Blood Donor Day on Tuesday, Kentucky Blood Center is thanking local blood donors and urging all eligible individuals to save lives through donation. Those interested in donating can find more information about the process and make an appointment at kybloodcenter.org or by calling 800.775.2522.

“World Blood Donor Day is an opportunity to thank our many local donors who selflessly help save lives and encourage more people to start their own donation journey,” said Mandy Brajuha, VP of external relations at KBC. “This is a critical time for our blood supply. The need for blood products continues, but the pace of donations traditionally slows during the summer months. World Blood Donor Day is the perfect opportunity to make an appointment to donate blood.”

Countries around the globe celebrate World Blood Donor Day annually to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors. Mexico is the sponsor country this year, and the theme is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives.” Resources and additional information are available here.

America’s Blood Centers recently released a first-of-its-kind guide that provides the latest look at America’s blood supply. It found that although a blood transfusion is needed every two seconds in the United States, just 3% of the U.S. population donates blood each year. Worldwide, more than 120 million units of blood are needed each year.

Celebrating nearly 55 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville, Somerset and the Corbin area.

Donor centers are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In combination with Kentucky Blood Center’s nearly 2,000 mobile drives a year, KBC supplies more than 70 medical facilities in the state.

KBC is currently offering exciting promotional items this summer, headlined by the 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway. All donors 18 and older who register now through Sept. 10 will have the chance to win a 2022 Toyota RAV4. Donors who get out early this summer and register now through July 4 at a KBC mobile blood drive or donor center will also be entered to win a five-night, six-day vacation package for two to the Excellence Oyster Bay in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The winner of the vacation package will be announced after July 4.

Each donation for the Summer Getaway Giveaway counts as an entry, meaning donors will have a higher chance to win one of the two summer prize packages the more they donate. Donors can give whole blood once every 56 days.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.

Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Cir.
Lexington, KY 40513
859.276.2534  
Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Dr.
Lexington, KY 40509
859.327.3223
Tri-County Donor Center
1454 W. Cumberland Gap Pkwy.
Corbin, KY 40701
606.261.7002
Middletown Donor Center
12905 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243
502.290.0537
Hillview Donor Center
5406 Antle Dr.
Louisville, KY 40229
502.915.0989
Frankfort Donor Center
363 Versailles Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Coming soon!
Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Trail
Pikeville, KY 41501
606.432.4979  
Somerset Donor Center
10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A)
Somerset, KY 42503
606.679.7413
Mobile Drives
Serving more than 90 counties
Find a drive near you

About Kentucky Blood Center

Celebrating nearly 55 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville, Somerset and the Corbin area.

KENTUCKY BLOOD CENTER