UCLA Blood and Platelet Center

Blood & Platelet Center program is able to add this blood to the donor supply, which is rare among collection centers

By Sandy Cohen • June 15, 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘the ability to collect has diminished significantly and has yet to fully recover.'

By Sandy Cohen • February 22, 2022

Terri Hill organizes blood drives by day and performs with the LA Opera at night

By uclahealth • October 14, 2021

“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 is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. “There are a lot of myths around, like being [...]

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 medical profession, so it’s a [...]

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 mirrors the diversity of Los [...]

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 donor is important, and we [...]

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 visiting [...]

By uclahealth • September 30, 2016