Executive director of OBI-Enid Center Jessy Dershem spoke to Enidlive about the ongoing blood supply shortage in Enid and throughout the state of Oklahoma.
During the interview, Dershem spoke about the upcoming anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing almost 27 years ago. Stating that if a similar emergency happened today, then there would not be enough blood to treat all of the patients within Oklahoma.
In response to the shortage, OBI has decided to extend Monday through Friday hours to 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. While OBI is currently scheduled to revert to normal hours shortly, a meeting will be held tomorrow to decide whether or not to continue operating under expanded hours.
OBI is also facing a race against the clock to get the blood supply back to manageable levels before the end of the school year when blood donations usually drop due to fewer student donations and busy summer schedules.
But Dershem remains hopeful that Oklahomans will have the blood supply back to the needed levels.
Click on the link to listen to the full interview.