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The Gift of Life

Thinking of Giving Blood?

For more info or to make an appointment, call 508-86BLOOD or 508-862-5663. Or sign up for our email newsletter.

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When you donate blood, you give someone the gift of life. It’s one of the easiest ways to make a big difference and help others. And if you donate blood to Cape Cod Healthcare, your donation stays on the Cape to benefit your friends and neighbors rather than being transferred outside our community.

Why Donate Blood

Blood is a need that never goes away. Our hospitals perform more than 7,500 transfusions per year for such things as elective and emergency surgery, anemia, bleeding disorders and massive blood loss due to trauma. It’s important to know that:

  • About one in 10 people entering a hospital needs blood
  • Red blood cells have a limited shelf life—just 42 days—so they must be constantly replenished
  • One pint of blood can save up to two lives
  • There is no substitute for human blood

Every pint of blood donated to Cape Cod Healthcare stays on Cape Cod to serve the community and save lives.

Platelet Donation Program

Blood isn’t just a single gift. Its parts – platelets, plasma and red blood cells - provide several distinct gifts a donor can give to a patient.

Cape Cod Healthcare’s Platelet Donation Program will enable donors to have their blood separated into these individual components. Cape Cod Healthcare performs 600 platelet transfusions a year between our hospitals in Hyannis and Falmouth. Platelets are particularly useful to patients who need help with blood clotting, or to those patients with weakened immune systems.

Learn more about the blood platelet donation program.