New Era Dawns for Houchin

photo 3 (1)Blood donations began on Monday, February 11 at the new Houchin Community Blood Bank facility in the southwest at 11515 Bolthouse Drive. First in line at 11 a.m. to roll up her sleeve was 94-year-old Margaret Delfino, a 27-gallon blood donor. Radio personality Scott Cox also came early to donate platelets, right behind Alexander Ross, who was donating his 100th unit of platelets.

Work was completed in January on Houchin’s new consolidated complex on Bolthouse Drive west of Buena Vista Road and south of White Lane across from St. John’s Lutheran Church. The $10 million complex brings together several of Houchin’s services that had been previously housed in multiple locations. Houchin’s Truxtun Avenue facility remains as one of two blood drawing sites. Staff and functions have been moving in at a measured pace from the other locations for more than three weeks.  Furnishings and staff are still moving into the new facility, so a more formal opening will be scheduled later in February for the public.

Inaugural hours at the Bolthouse Drive facility are:  Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Truxtun Avenue hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.