Red Cross is moving two donation centers to bigger locations

Glen Burnie, Columbia facilities aim to get more blood donors

July 15, 2005|By Grant Huang | Grant Huang,SUN STAFF

The American Red Cross is in the process of moving two Maryland blood donation centers to new locations with more space.

The Glen Burnie donation center at 30 Greenway Ave. will move to a penthouse space in the Empire Towers office building at 7310 Ritchie Highway.

"It's pretty much the only tall office building in Glen Burnie," said Tracey Laubach, a Red Cross spokeswoman. "It's got a gorgeous view, windows all around - we try to make our donors comfortable."

The Glen Burnie center will open July 28 in its new location.

The Columbia donation center, formerly on the ground floor of 10 Corporate Center by The Mall in Columbia, moved up to a new fourth floor location. The move was completed last month, and an opening celebration was held June 29.

"We get extremely high rates of participation at the Columbia center; it's one of the highest in the country," Laubach said.

The Columbia center now has 20 donor beds, up from 11, and its new space has nearly triple the square footage - 6,164 square feet, up from 2,153 square feet.

The new Glen Burnie center will have 11 beds at its new 3,600-square-foot center. The current center has seven beds in 1,400 square feet.

The Red Cross predicts that both facilities will significantly increase the number of units of blood they collect per month, Laubach said. Hours of operation have been extended for the Columbia center and will be for the Glen Burnie center as well after it relocates.

"We'll be able to better accommodate the community," Laubach said.

Hours of operations and directions to Red Cross donation centers are available online at www.my-redcross.org. Donors may call 1-800-GIVELIFE to set up an appointment.

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