The blood that flows through our veins is truly life-sustaining. Whether required to treat traumatic injuries or used during elective surgery, blood transfusions made possible by volunteer blood donors saves the lives of many, from newborn babies to cancer patients.

NorthShore’s Evanston Hospital Blood Bank offers a full-service blood bank featuring both transfusion and donor services, not always available at all hospitals.

Our transfusion service performs compatibility testing and prepares blood components for transfusion. NorthShore’s board-certified blood banking specialists and trained laboratory staff work closely with clinical teams, providing consultative services, following up on hemostatic component therapy and reporting on all transfusion reactions to optimize transfusion care.

Our blood donation service ensures we fulfill the special needs of our patients and community. Our blood bank collects autologous and directed donor whole blood, apheresis (“single donor”) platelets and volunteer whole blood.

Serving our Community

In a typical year, NorthShore’s hospitals use more than 10,000 units of blood. A single trauma patient can use 20 or more units. A single unit of blood equates to one blood donation.

Blood donated by generous volunteers ensures an adequate supply of blood when and where it is needed. The Evanston Hospital Blood Bank is an invaluable local resource that serves the many residents of NorthShore’s service area. All the volunteer blood we collect stays and is used in our community.

The blood bank is open:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are also open the first Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 847.570.2242 or email us at

Make a lifesaving donation today!