Island University Leads Blood Donations among Coastal Bend Educational Institutions

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –  Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was named the 2017 “Top Performer” in the education category from the Coastal Bend Blood Center for the most of units of blood donated among local educational institutions from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017. During that time, 638 units of blood were donated by Islander students, faculty and staff whose regular and voluntary contributions at the bloodmobile stationed on campus are saving hundreds of lives.

“Donating blood is a perfect opportunity to positively impact the community,” said Ashley Ramirez, director of marketing and public relations at the Coastal Bend Blood Center. “To keep our shelves full, we need to collect at least 100 units of blood each day.”

Katheryn Paynter, University Center events coordinator, accepted the “Top Performer” plaque on behalf of the University.

“I am glad to help the Coastal Bend Blood Center meet their donation goals for the year,” shared Paynter. “This is just one awesome example of how the University is giving back to the Corpus Christi community.”

The significant contribution from the Islander community helps maintain adequate blood supply for patients at 13 medical facilities in 10 counties including Aransas, Nueces, Refugio, among others. In addition, Island University donations cover the need for blood from trauma victims, heart surgeries, organ transplants and patients being treated for leukemia, cancer and other diseases.

The Coastal Bend Blood Center’s bloodmobile will visit campus three times in March, including March 19, 20 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the East Lawn, which is located near Anchor Plaza. To learn more about the bloodmobile’s schedule on campus, email