LifeShare Blood Centers
Our mission is simple, LifeShare Blood Centers pledges to provide quality blood, blood components and related services for our patients in our community. LifeShare began its journey of sharing life in 1942 when a group of concern Louisiana citizens, armed with new technology, recognized the need to supply local hospitals with much needed whole blood and plasma. Blood banking was still in its infancy in 1942 and we continue in our pursuit of excellence to achieve and maintain the highest level of service to our patients and donors alike.
Improvements in technologies continue to help ensure the safety, purity and potency of the blood collected. LifeShare is consistently on the cutting edge of technology, contributing to our reputation as a respected leader in blood banking throughout the United States.
Donating is easy. The actual process only take about 10 minutes. Before you begin, we will ask you some basic health history questions, take your temperature, blood pressure and pulse and a small sample of your blood just to make sure that you are healthy enough to share. (All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.) The whole process is simple and only takes approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. Within 4 hours your body begins replacing your donation and completes the process in only 14 days. For your convenience, you can donate at our facility at 214 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive or at in any of our mobile drive locations. These locations are listed weekly in your local newspapers and on KPLC TV in the mornings.
Lives are touched every day by the generous gift of life provided by volunteer blood donors. Statistics show that one in every three people will need blood to save their life. One in every seven hospital patients needs blood. Whether a tragic accident or a life threatening disease, millions of lives are saved every year through the compassionate commitment of our donors.
LifeShare Blood Centers, Lake Charles supports all hospitals in Southwest Louisiana. Our goal is to help ensure that blood is available to patients whenever and wherever it is needed. It is the blood on the shelves, close at hand, tested and ready to be transfused that saves lives.
Remember, donating is easy. It only takes a few minutes of your time. Please share life. Give blood today. It may be you or someone you love that needs this precious gift next.