Red Cross to cease blood donations in central Arkansas

(AP) - The American Red Cross says it will no longer be
taking blood donations from central Arkansas starting next year but will
continue providing services to other parts of the state.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the Red Cross plans to transfer its
Little Rock and Russellville-based blood collections to the Arkansas Blood
Institute by January.

The nonprofit says 44 of its employees in central Arkansas will be losing
their jobs, though 43 will be offered equivalent jobs with the Arkansas Blood Institute.

Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas region spokesman Joe Zydlo says the change makes sense because the Red Cross no longer provides blood to any central Arkansas trauma hospitals. The Red Cross says the change won't affect local hospitals and patients.

Zydlo says the change will allow the Red Cross to turn its attention to
humanitarian services in Arkansas.

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