Staff Report

After 12 successful blood drives and enough blood donated to save 1,485 lives, Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals have again partnered with Vitalant to encourage community members to donate blood. In order to bolster local and national blood supplies, Vitalant is calling on the community to come forward and give blood. The process takes only 45 minutes but can save up to three lives.

The drive is scheduled for each hospital on the following dates:

French Hospital Medical Center – Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 9am – 1pm at the Copeland Health Education Pavilion, 1911 South Johnson Ave., San Luis Obispo

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital – Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 9am – 2pm in the Annex Conference Room, 345 South Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande

Marian Regional Medical Center – Friday, August 27, 2021, 10am-2pm at the Conference Center at the corner of Palisades and Church Street on the Marian campus, 1400 East Church Street, Santa Maria 

There is currently a critical shortage of blood, and all community members are asked to take the short amount of time to donate. Community members wishing to donate are urged to sign up at Do not donate if you are feeling ill. 

In the wake of COVID-19 responses, Vitalant is urging groups to continue organizing blood drives and individuals to continue donating blood, unless local public health officials specifically direct otherwise. Blood drives at schools, churches, community groups, and religious institutions – which represent more than 60% of the nation’s blood supply – have been all but cancelled, and are critical to health care in our country.

Despite the ongoing need, it is now especially challenging to recruit donors, which affects Vitalant’s blood supply. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important. The current O-negative blood supply sits at an approximate two-day supply, which is half of the ideal quantity needed to support patient needs. Additionally, platelet donations, which have a shelf-life of only five days, are always in high demand. However, donors of all types are needed.

About Dignity Health Central Coast 

Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of five award-winning hospitals, all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services, and comprehensive home health services. Hospitals are supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care.  For more information, visit