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Hemochromatosis can be treated effectively by removing blood from the patient. The blood removal (phlebotomy) lowers the level of iron in the patient. In the beginning, frequent phlebotomies may be required in order to “de-iron” the patient. The frequency of phlebotomies will vary from person to person but usually consists of 1-2 units of blood per week until iron levels return to normal. After the patient’s iron levels have returned to normal, phlebotomies will be performed as need to keep iron levels in the normal range.

Project Phlebotomize was started in 2003 in order to provide information concerning facilities that perform therapeutic phlebotomies.  Since then the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research has created a list of facilities granted approval for a variance to 21CFR640.3(d) and 21CFR640.3(f) in order to collect blood and blood products from patients with hemochromatosis.  The list can be found here:

http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/BloodBloodProducts/RegulationoftheBloodSupply/Variances/ucm164649.htm 

We are constantly updating our list of facilities. If you have a facility to recommend, please email us at info@hemoinfo.org.

Hemochromatosis can be treated effectively by removing blood from the patient. The blood removal (phlebotomy) lowers the level of iron in the patient. In the beginning, frequent phlebotomies may be required in order to “de-iron” the patient. The frequency of phlebotomies will vary from person to person but usually consists of 1-2 units of blood per week until iron levels return to normal. After the patient’s iron levels have returned to normal, phlebotomies will be performed as need to keep iron levels in the normal range.

Alabama  
Blood Assurance
Physician’s Orders: Require “Request for Phlebotomy” form to be completed by attending physician. Form requires patient name, address, social security number, diagnosis, minimum hemoglobin, frequency of phlebotomies and attending physician’s name, address and phone number.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Call to receive the “Request for Phlebotomy” form and to make an appointment.
Locations: 1906 Glenn Blvd. Fort Payne, AL 35968-3545
Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph: 1-800-962-0628
Email:
Website: www.bloodassurance.org

 

Arizona
United Blood Services
Physician’s Orders: Doctor’s prescription indicating diagnosis, frequency of draws, lower level of maintenance primary HH physician is requesting and latest labs indicating Ferritin level.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Special Collections
Locations: Please visit website or call for locations.
Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph:  (480) 675-5443 Fax: (480) 675-5644
Email: legestad@bloodsystems.org
Website: www.unitedbloodservices.org

 

California
Blood Centers of the Pacific
Physician’s Orders: Only required if you will be receiving phlebotomies more than once every 56 days.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: 1-888-393-4483 or online at www.bloodcenters.org
Locations: Irwin Center 270 Masonic Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118Downtown Center 264 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104Peninsula Center 1791 El Camino Real Burlingame, CA 94010Redwood City Center 260 Main Street, Suite C Redwood City, CA 94063Marin Center 4050 Redwood Highway San Rafael, CA 94903North Bay Center 1325 Gateway Blvd. C1 Fairfield, CA 94533Napa Center 1834 Soscol Ave, C Napa, CA 94559Vallejo Center 480 Redwood St, Suite 31 Vallejo, CA 94590

 

Ukiah Valley Center 620 Kings Court, Suite 110 Ukiah, CA 95482

Shasta Blood Center 2420 Athens Ave. Redding, CA 96001

Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph: 1-888-393-4483
Email: lbloch@bloodcenters.org
Website: www.bloodcenters.org

 

Colorado
Bonfils Blood Center
Physician’s Orders: Require physician orders with information about diagnosis, frequency of phlebotomies and cut off point.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Call to make an appointment.
Locations: 15075 E. Mississippi Ave. Aurora, CO 800123113 28th St. Boulder, CO 80303Parkway Center, Bldg. #2 541 West Highlands Ranch Parkway Highlands Ranch, CO 8012913952 Denver West Pkwy. Building 53, Suite 335 Golden, CO 804011050 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood, CO 80226717 Yosemite Street Denver, CO 80230960 West 124th Avenue Westminster, CO 802343676 Parker Boulevard, Suite 380 Pueblo, CO 81008100 Broadway, Suite 3 Sterling, CO 80751
Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph: 303-363-2330 or 800-421-9529
Email:
Website: www.bonfils.org

 

Georgia
Blood Assurance
Physician’s Orders: Require “Request for Phlebotomy” form to be completed by attending physician. Form requires patient name, address, social security number, diagnosis, minimum hemoglobin, frequency of phlebotomies and attending physician’s name, address and phone number.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Call to receive the “Request for Phlebotomy” form and to make an appointment.
Locations: 100 West Walnut Avenue Dalton, GA 30720-8402178 Shorter Avenue Northwest Rome, GA 30165
Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph: 1-800-962-0628
Email:
Website: www.bloodassurance.org/BA.html

 

Kentucky
Central Kentucky Blood Center
Physician’s Orders: Require a prescription (renewed annually) stating the following: diagnosis, hematocrit/hemoglobin value needed to perform the phlebotomy, interval between treatments.
Additional Information: other diagnosis in addition to hemochromatosis.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Bring a doctor’s prescription to a fixed donor site. Also, an order form is available for doctor’s offices. Please contact 888-775-2522 for more information.
Locations: 330 Waller Ave. Lexington, KY 40504685 Hambley Blvd. Suite 1A Pikeville, KY 41501200 North Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653120 South Highway 27, Suite 4 Somerset, KY 42501
Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Toll Free: 888-775-2522
Lexington: 859-276-2534
Pikeville: 606-432-4979
Prestonsburg: 606-886-1557
Somerset: 606-679-7414
Email: info@ckbc.org
Website: www.ckbc.org
 

Illinois

 
Rock River Valley Blood Center
 
Physician’s Orders: Written physician’s order required. Online form at https://www.rrvbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Hemochromatosis.pdf
Fee: No
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Appointment is Required, along with Physician’s order, contact Diane Mortenson, Special Services Coordinator at 815-961-2340
Locations: 419 North Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107
Hours: By appointment only.
Phone/Fax: Main Line 815-965-8751, Special Services Coordinator 815-961-2340, Fax 815-965-8756
Email:  dmortenson@rrvbc.org
Website:  www.rrvbc.org

 

Louisiana
The Blood Center
Physician’s Orders: Written physician’s order required.
Fee: $41
Payment Method: Cash or check only.
Insurance: Will not bill insurance. Fee is waived for patients who can present a Medicare card or for patients who bring in a blood donor that completes a successful donation at the same time the service is rendered to the patient.
Appointment: Call for information.
Locations: 9848 Perkins Road Suite A Baton Rouge, LA 70810433 Plaza Room 218 Bogalusa, LA 70427-37931951 Florida Avenue / Highway 190 Denham Springs, LA 70726-491218210 Hwy 1 Suite 6 Galliano, LA 7034542268 Veterans Avenue Hammond, LA 704011814 N. Causeway Mandeville, LA 704484884 Highway 1 Raceland, LA 703953400 16th St. Metairie, LA 700022017 Tulane Avenue New Orleans, LA 701121599 Bienville Blvd. suite B Ocean Springs, MS 39564

7400 Judge Perez Blvd. Chalmette, LA 70043

522 Gause Blvd. Slidell, LA 70458

604 Canal Blvd. Thibodaux, LA 70301

1525 Lapalco Blvd. Suite 17 Harvey, LA 70058

Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph: 504- 524-1322
Email:
Website: www.thebloodcenter.org

 

Massachusetts
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Physician’s Orders: Patient’s name, address, date of birth, phone number, social security number and diagnosis. The frequency of phlebotomy, the Hgb or Hct level at which to discontinue phlebotomies, the physician’s signature and date ordered.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Call for information.
Locations: 30 Locust St. Northampton, MA 01061
Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri – 8:30 am to 4 pm. Tues – 1 to 8 pm
Phone/Fax: Ph: 413-582-2162
Email: Thomas_pavao@cooley-dickinson.org
Website: www.cooley-dickinson.org

 

Anna Jaques Hospital
Physician’s Orders: Orders should be faxed or brought in by patient and should have physician’s name, address, and telephone number. We also require the patient’s name, date of birth, diagnosis, hematocrit cut-off (below which we would not perform the phlebotomy), frequency of phlebotomies and orders for other lab tests they would like performed.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: Additional tests requested by physician are submitted to patients health insurance company.
Appointment: Call for information.
Locations: Anna Jaques Hospital 25 Highland Avenue Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950
Hours: Monday  5 pm – 8 pm, Wednesday and Thursday  10 am to 6 pm
Phone/Fax: Ph: 978 462-1098
Email: blooddonor@ajh.org
Website: www.ajh.org

 

North Dakota
United Blood Services
Physician’s Orders: Require a physician’s prescription order with instructions regarding frequency of phlebotomy and hematocrit limits. Prescription should include diagnosis code for hereditary hemochromatosis. Must be renewed annually.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Call for appointment.
Locations: Fargo
Bismark
Minot
Aberdeen (South Dakota)
Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Fargo 701-293-9453
Bismark 701-258-4512
Minot 701-852-2161
Aberdeen 605-225-7732
Email:
Website: www.unitedbloodservices.org

 

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Blood Institute
Physician’s Orders: Written physician’s order required. Photo ID, date of birth, social security number address and phone number required.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Call for information (800) 375-8778
Locations: Tulsa – 4601 E. 81st StPonca City – 518 N. 14th St.Edmond – 3409 S. Broadway, Suite 300Midwest City – 1113 South Douglas Boulevard, Suite CAda – 900 N. Mississippi, Suite BHeadquarters – 1001 N. Lincoln BoulevardNorth – 5105 N. PortlandNorman – 1004 24th Avenue NW, Suite 101Enid – 301 E. CherokeeArdmore – 1420 Veterans Boulevard
Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph: (405) 297-5597 or (800) 375-8778
Email:
Website: www.obi.org

 

Pennsylvania
Central Blood Bank
Physician’s Orders: A physician order including the amount of blood to be withdrawn, the frequency of donation, and the desired hemoglobin level are required. A health history and mini-physical are done, and consent for phlebotomy is given.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Call Special Donations Department for information (847) 260-2707.
Locations: Various locations in Pennsylvania and West Virgina.  Call for locations.
Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph: (847) 260-2707
Email:
Website: www.centralbloodbank.org Informational brochure

 

Tennessee
Blood Assurance
Physician’s Orders: Require “Request for Phlebotomy” form to be completed by attending physician. Form requires patient name, address, social security number, diagnosis, minimum hemoglobin, frequency of phlebotomies and attending physician’s name, address and phone number.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Call to receive the “Request for Phlebotomy” form and to make an appointment.
Locations: Main Location: 705 East 4th StreetChattanooga, TN 37403-19161740 Gunbarrel Road, Suite BChattanooga, TN 37421-71832855 Keith Street NWCleveland, TN 37312-3738975 East Third St.

Chattanooga, TN 37403

 

1920 Northpoint Blvd., Suite A

Hixson, TN 37343-6700

 

155 W Broad Street

Cookeville, TN 38501

 

1500 North Jackson St., Suite 200

Tullahoma, TN 37388

Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph: 1-800-962-0628
Email:
Website: www.bloodassurance.org/BA.html

 

Texas
Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas
Physician’s Orders: Contact Special Donations to get a copy of the “Physician’s Request Form”. Your doctor must complete this form once every six months.
Fee: $20.00
Payment Method:
Insurance: Not accepted (receipt provided for insurance purposes)
Appointment: Make appointments with the Special Donations department at 512-206-1265
Locations: 4300 N. Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX 78756
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat 8am-2pm
Phone/Fax: Ph: (512) 206-1265
Email: dmogonye@tcms.com
Dolly Mogonye Special Donations
Website: www.bloodandtissue.org

 

Carter BloodCare
Physician’s Orders: Required. Must be dated on physician’s letterhead or prescription form. Must contain the patient name, diagnosis, how often to phlebotomize and hemoglobin cutoff value. Carter BloodCare Therapeutic Request Form is also accepted.
Fee: $75.00
Payment Method: Money Order, Cashier’s Check or Traveler’s Check.
Insurance: Receipt provided for insurance purposes. No charge for Medicare/Medicaid or Hereditary Hemochromatosis donors obtaining a Carter BloodCare no-fee card.
Appointment: Please pre-book your appointment with our Special Donations department at 1-866-525-3378.
Locations: 1-800-DONATE-4
Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph: 1-866-525-3378
Email:
Website: www.carterbloodcare.org

 

Coffee Memorial Blood Center
Physician’s Orders: Required
Written orders should contain hemoglobin levels.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Make appointments either in person or by phone.
Locations: 1915 S. Coulter, Amarillo, TX 79106
Hours: M-Th (8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.), Fri (8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Phone/Fax: Ph: 806-358-4563
Email: mtownsend@thegiftoflife.org
Website: www.thegiftoflife.org

 

South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
Physician’s Orders: Required
Physician’s order with a Hgb level to be obtained.
Fee: $35.00
Payment Method: Check or credit card – NO CASH
Insurance: Not accepted
Appointment: Required – 210-731-5537
Locations: 6211 IH-10 West at First Park Ten Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78201
Hours: Varies
Phone/Fax: Ph: 210-731-5537
Email: RMaxey@bloodntissue.org
Website: www.bloodntissue.org

 

Texoma Regional Blood Center
Physician’s Orders: Required
Must be dated and on the physician’s letterhead or prescription form. Must contain the patient’s name, diagnosis, amount of blood to be drawn, how often to phlebotomize and the minimum and maximum hematocrit to be maintained.
Fee: $25.00
Payment Method: Cash or check
Insurance: Not accepted (itemized statement provided for insurance purposes)
Appointment: Not required
Locations: 3911 N. Texoma Parkway, Sherman, Texas 75090
Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00am-5:30pm
Phone/Fax: Ph: 903-893-8628
Email: cbaker@texoma.net
Website:

 

United Blood Services – El Paso
Physician’s Orders: Required
Written orders or on prescription pad.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Required. Call 915-544-5422
Locations: 2325 Pershing Dr., El Paso, Texas, 79903
Hours: Call for hours
Phone/Fax: Ph: 915-544-5422
Email: scarrasco@bloodsystems.org
Website:

 

United Blood Services – McAllen & Brownsville
Physician’s Orders: Required
Written orders or on prescription pad. They also have a form that can be completed by your doctor. Call for info.
Fee: $0 if the blood can be used for a transfusion.
Payment Method: Cash or local check
Insurance: Not accepted
Appointment: Required. Contact donor collections department; McAllen (956) 682-1314 ext 111 or Brownsville (956) 504-3809
Locations: 1312 Pecan Blvd., McAllen, TX 78501
2370 Central Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520
Hours: Call for hours
Phone/Fax: Ph: 915-544-5422
Email: hacevedo@bloodsystems.org
Website:

 

West Virginia
Central Blood Bank
Physician’s Orders: A physician order including the amount of blood to be withdrawn, the frequency of donation, and the desired hemoglobin level are required. A health history and mini-physical are done, and consent for phlebotomy is given.
Fee: $0
Payment Method: N/A
Insurance: N/A
Appointment: Call Special Donations Department for information (847) 260-2707.
Locations: Various locations in Pennsylvania and West Virgina.  Call for locations.
Hours: Varies by location.
Phone/Fax: Ph: (847) 260-2707
Email:
Website: www.centralbloodbank.org Informational brochure

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