ELYRIA — A more tranquil, inviting space is what LifeShare Community Blood Services is hoping its new Elyria facility will provide.
The blood-donation organization, which supplies blood to every hospital in Lorain County, is moving its Elyria donation facility from East Bridge Street to 710 Leona St. The current donation center will close Wednesday.
Sarah Wering, LifeShare’s marketing and communications specialist, said the move to Leona is part of a restructuring that also included closure of the Lorain location.
“What we have found is our old centers just like old blood donations (sites) everywhere, were built to be very medical, almost sterile,” Wering said. “We wanted to provide a better donor experience and this location is also more centrally located and accessible to Lorain and Elyria.”
The building will be smaller than the East Bridge location as it will be a donation center only.
Wering said LifeShare is not abandoning its current location, which the organization has used for at least the last 20 years. The lab will remain in the space, and LifeShare will move additional administrative services into the building.
The grand opening for the new location is set for June 20. Those who donate June 20 to 30 will receive a $20 Giant Eagle gift card for their time.
Wering said LifeShare provides blood products to 100 percent of hospitals in Lorain County.
“We like to say when we succeed, Lorain County succeeds,” she said. “Every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs blood. Type O blood and Type B-negative donations are the most critically needed at this time, however all blood types are welcome.”