The Glencroft Center for Modern Aging in Glendale was one of many Arizona nursing home facilities that has had to deal with the spread of coronavirus. The facility also had a large number of employees who tested positive for the virus. All of them have since recovered.
Glencroft is now partnering with Vitalant, a blood and plasma donation center, to hold the Valley’s first convalescent plasma donation drive. All of the donors will be Glencroft’s own employees who have survived COVID-19.
With Valley hospitals filling up with those suffering from COVID-19, Sue Thew, a spokeswoman for Vitalant, says there’s a big need for plasma donors.
“There is a very desperate need for plasma in the state. Currently, convalescent plasma is the only antibody treatment available for some of the most gravely ill patients, so the more people that can come forward, the more people we can help save,” said Thew.