UCLA Blood and Platelet Center

“When a student comes in their first time, we hope to encourage them to be a lifelong blood donor,” says Delia Tejano, a registered nurse at the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center at Ackerman Union, which [...]

By uclahealth • June 21, 2019

“We were the first student union based donor center in the nation,” says Fernando Gironas, proudly, pictured far right. “We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary at the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center in the Ackerman Student Union.

It was exciting then, and it’s still exciting now. I’m a long-time UCLA employee [...]

By uclahealth • April 22, 2019
Each year, the number of people in need of organ transplants continues to grow. About 118,000 people are still waiting for an organ, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), and each day, 22 people die while waiting. Posthumous donation Those who register to have [...]
By uclahealth • May 9, 2017
“I transport blood,” says Wyatt Jackson, who works to transport the blood donated at the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center at Ackerman Student Union to the UCLA Center for Health Sciences, where the blood is processed. “I grew up wanting to be in the [...]
By uclahealth • April 7, 2017
UCLA patient Shirley Polk, 67, whose liver and kidney failed due to an acute autoimmune disease last summer, had the chance to meet the 59 strangers whose blood donations at the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center helped make her life-saving organ transplants possible. Her experience [...]
By uclahealth • January 17, 2017
"The first experience someone has determines whether they'll be a lifetime donor or if they won't do it again," says Delia Tejano, a registered nurse at the UCLA Ackerman Student Union Blood Donation Center. "So I take really good care of first-time donors. Every [...]
By uclahealth • January 3, 2017
Congratulations to Matthew Hoffman for celebrating his 50th-gallon donation at the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center. 50 gallons is an amazing accomplishment and the result of 400 donations. Matthew started out more than 20 years ago donating platelets as a directed donor and then became a regular platelet donor [...]
By uclahealth • September 30, 2016
“I come in every three or four weeks to donate blood,” says Christopher Garduno Luna, a neuroscience major at UCLA. “I’ve donated  blood and platelets. I know a lot of people don’t have time to stay for an hour (to donate platelets) or have a phobia of needles, but [...]
By uclahealth • May 28, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OONDfWqP3Iw Blood donors saved Jennifer's life Due to confidentiality laws, most blood donors never know who receives their blood. Similarly, patients never learn the identities of those who donated their time and blood to save their lives. But a rare reunion organized by the UCLA Blood and Platelet [...]
By uclahealth • February 12, 2014