September 14, 2021

Critical need for blood continues; upcoming opportunities to donate listed

The American Red Cross continues to face blood shortages. To help, the American Red Cross is holding regular blood drives at Vanderbilt University Medical Center locations.

To schedule an appointment for drives at Light Hall, go to and enter the sponsor code "Vandy19" or visit this sign-up link. 

For drives at One Hundred Oaks, go to and enter the sponsor code "VUMC" or visit this sign-up link.

It's possible to streamline your donation with an online pre-donation reading and health history on donation day. 

Blood donation is safe to do and an essential activity

The American Red Cross understands public health concerns regarding donating blood during the COVID-19 pandemic but wants to stress that donating blood is a safe process and that Red Cross blood drives have the highest safety standards. American Red Cross blood drives are essential and directly support clinical AND other emergency services remaining open, including for trauma and oncology patients. Over 6,000 blood drives and 200,000 donations have been cancelled recently, creating a serious shortage. It is safe to donate at this time. 

Upcoming dates and times for Red Cross blood drives on the main VUMC campus:

Date Time Location
9/16/2021 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Light Hall 
9/17/2021 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Light Hall
9/28/2021 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Light Hall
9/29/2021 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Light Hall 
9/30/2021 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Light Hall