KINGSPORT — Marsh Regional Blood Center will hold a blood drive on Thursday and Friday in memory of the late Dr. Daniel Klinar.
Klinar, a medical doctor and orthopedic surgeon at Holston Valley Medical Center and who practiced with Associated Orthopedics of Kingsport, died in June. In addition to those roles, he was the physician for the Kingsport Mets.
The blood drive will be held at the emergency department annex of Holston Valley Medical Center and the Julia Davis Collection Center, 102 E. Ravine Road.
The hours are: noon until 7:30 p.m. at the emergency department annex, and 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the collection center, on Thursday; and 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the emergency department annex, and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the center, on Friday.
The Kingsport Mets have provided tickets to a limited number of donors for the game on Friday against the Bluefield Blue Jays at Hunter Wright Stadium.
“This drive will be a marvelous opportunity to recognize an outstanding physician and a great friend of Holston Valley and the community,” said Don Campbell, Marsh Regional’s director. “In his memory, donors will have an opportunity to enhance the region’s quality of life by rolling up their sleeves and helping us serve patients in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.”
Holston Valley’s orthopedics/neurology/trauma unit helped organize the blood drive. Pam Dean, an associate clinical leader, said everyone in the unit felt the drive was an appropriate way to remember Klinar because he and Marsh Regional have given so much to the community.
“He was just such a beloved physician at Holston Valley,” Dean said. “Everyone liked him.”
Those who cannot donate blood are invited to make a contribution to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and specify it go to Holston Valley’s neonatal intensive care and pediatrics units in his memory.
Those donations can be sent to Wellmont Foundation, 1905 American Way, Suite 102, Kingsport, TN, 37660, or made online at www.wellmontfoundation.org.
For more than 60 years, Marsh Regional has supplied blood to health care facilities in the area. As many as three lives may be saved each time a person donates blood, and all donations stay local to help people in this region.
Donors with an O-negative blood type are particularly welcome, as their blood can be used for any patient.
To donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. People with a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or who are taking antibiotics may not donate. Donors should eat a balanced meal before giving blood.
For more information about scheduling a blood drive at a business, church, school or organization, please call (423) 224-5888 or visit www.marshblood.com.