What if I get a message that says I don’t have the correct browser?

.Tools and capatibility view
Add obi.org in the Compatibility View settings if you are using Internet Explorer 11.


While staying on the obi.org website, go to Tools (the gear-looking icon in the upper right corner).  Click on the Compatibility View settings.


Ensure it says ‘obi.org’ in the field labeled, ‘Add this website:’ Click ‘Add.’  Click ‘Close’. Now, return to the “Before You Proceed” page, and read on.
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Before You Use Donor EXPRESS

***KATHY’S SUGGESTED WORDING***
Carefully verify you have the required systems BEFORE YOU PROCEED to make this online tool work for you. If you are not able to use Donor EXPRESS, please come in to donate anyway!  Your blood donation is needed, and you will be able to answer the questionnaire when you arrive, so don’t hesitate!

REQUIRED SYSTEMS:
Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or greater. Donor EXPRESS presently does not work on Mac operating systems, Google Chrome or on mobile devices.

Internet Explorer 11 was released in November 2013.  Your system may have updated without your knowledge.  If you have Internet Explorer 11 and get a message that says “You must use Internet Explorer 6 or greater or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or greater”, you will need to add obi.org in your Compatibility View settings. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Adobe Reader 9.4 or newer with in-browser plug-ins and pop-ups enabled. If not, download a free copy.

A laser or high quality ink jet printerAfter completing the questionnaire, you will print your Donor EXPRESS form and bring it and a photo ID when you come in to donate. The form will contain your name, date of birth and a series of bar codes that encode your responses to the pre-donation health questionnaire. Your answers online are not stored or transmitted to your donor record. The bar code and other type must be able to be clearly read on your printed page.

All boxes must be checked to enable the “Start Questionnaire” button.

THE QUESTIONNAIRE WILL BE HERE ON THE ACTUAL PAGE.

Carefully verify all points below BEFORE YOU PROCEED to make this online tool work for you:

If you use Internet Explorer, you will likely need to add obi.org in your Compatibility View settings.

Click here for the quick steps.

Do you have a Windows operating system using Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or newer? Donor EXPRESS will not work with older versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Donor EXPRESS presently does not work on Mac operating systems, Google Chrome or on mobile devices.  We are hopeful this will change in the future.

Do you have Adobe Reader 9.4 or newer with in-browser plug-ins and pop-ups enabled?  If not, download a free copy.

Do you have a laser or high quality ink jet printer?  The bar code and other type must be able to be clearly read on your printed page.

If you are not able to get Donor EXPRESS to work, please come in to donate anyway!  Your blood donation is needed, and you will be able to answer the questionnaire when you arrive. 


Be Sure To:

  • Scroll down the page to answer the questions.
  • Review and verify your responses.
  • Print your Donor EXPRESS form and bring it and a photo ID when you come in to donate. The form will contain your name, date of birth and a series of bar codes that encode your responses to the pre-donation health questionnaire. Your answers online are not stored or transmitted to your donor record.

All boxes must be checked to enable the “Start Questionnaire” button.

Let’s get started! Please verify:

THE QUESTIONNAIRE WILL BE HERE ON THE ACTUAL PAGE.

Mother’s Milk Bank - Another Way To Do Good

Last year, we welcomed a new neighbor to the third floor of our headquarters building in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank’s (OMMB) mission is complementary to ours, and its leaders liked our ability to support their laboratory testing and refrigeration needs.

The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank was founded in 2011, to provide volunteer donor milk to preterm or very ill babies hospitalized in Oklahoma and surrounding states when their own mother’s milk is not available. It is one of only 14 operational nonprofit milk banks with the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of preterm births in the nation, with one in seven babies born prematurely. Human milk greatly improves the health and growth of these babies.

The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank gratefully accepts donor human milk from fully screened, healthy breastfeeding mothers.

For more information, contact the Oklahoma Mother’s Milk Bank’s clinical director, Keri Hale, R.D., IDCLC, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 405-297-5683.


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Giving is a Privilege

By Gary Lynch, Director of Development and Sustainability

Every year, my wife and I sit down to talk about the charities we want to support financially and how much we want to give. There are two we commit to annually plus our church. Then, we pick another two or three that we feel do good work. We consider, as do many Oklahomans, charitable giving not only an obligation but a privilege. We are proud to be able to help, and we are humbled that the little we give can make such a difference. When we make our decisions, we weigh a lot of factors, but ultimately, we give to organizations we feel have the greatest impact on society. After all, charities are created to help communities.

Oklahoma Blood Institute was created with that exact intent. Helping society is in our mission statement; it inspires every one of our 700-plus employees daily, and it has allowed us to expand into portions of Texas and Arkansas; it’s what we do. Our state and communities are better places because of Oklahoma Blood Institute, and its impact on the families is immeasurable. I hope you will keep this in mind, and consider giving financially to Oklahoma Blood Institute when deciding which charities you want to support. Every dollar we receive in charitable donations goes toward making a life-saving impact on our society and is tax deductible as an added bonus.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to Oklahoma Blood Institute, contact Gary Lynch at 405-297-5545.


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Welcome New Board Members

Board memberJim Marvel and Myron L. Pope, Ph.D., have been named to the Board of Directors of Oklahoma Blood Institute. Marvel is vice president of Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company and was recently named president of the Oklahoma Beverage Association. He has worked with Coca-Cola for 25 years in roles that have allowed him to gain leadership experience in sales, marketing, operations and shared services.

Dr. Pope is University of Central Oklahoma’s vice president of Enrollment Management and interim assistant vice president of Student Affairs. He has worked at the University of Alabama and University of Oklahoma in faculty and administrative roles. He serves on the regional and national levels of many professional organizations involved with higher education. Board memberPope is already active on several community boards including the Edmond Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA.

“Welcoming Jim and Myron to the OBI Board is a sincere pleasure,” said Dr. Armitage, Blood Institute president and CEO. “Getting to know Jim, we quickly recognized the value he could bring as a board member in supporting our mission of providing the essential community service of blood donation. Similarly, Myron has great skills in connecting with students who are so vital to the future, assuring a strong blood supply for patients in the decades to come. Also, his recent participation in Leadership Oklahoma and his past success as an NCAA championship football player attest to his character.”


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RedHawks Mondays and Tuesdays

Tulsa, Enid Get New Leadership

Deon Smith, Tulsa Executive DirectorDeon Smith has been named executive director of OBI, Tulsa. Deon began his blood banking career with OBI in 1994, as a phlebotomist. Since ’96, he has worked for Haemonetics, a global company providing medical devices and consultation for blood processing. Most recently, his role was strategic account executive with responsibility as sales director for the western United States. His vast exposure to other blood centers’ operations and management will be a great asset in the growth of services in Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma. Deon graduated from Phillips University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Deon and his wife, Mindy, reside in Claremore with their two children.


Tania Warnock, Enid Executive DirectorEnid is also welcoming a new executive director. Tania Warnock is no stranger to the area. She has worked at the city’s Central National Bank since 2005, most recently as marketing director. Prior to that, she was director of Development for the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, OKC; director of communications and marketing for the Autry Technology Center, Enid; and a business writer and columnist for the Enid News and Eagle. In this north central and western Oklahoma region where commitment to OBI’s mission runs deep, Tania’s leadership and dynamism will continue the terrific partnerships built upon neighbors helping neighbors through the gift of blood.




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African Blood Centers Helped

Appreciation Event A Home Run

Drive coordinator appreciation event photosBlood drive coordinators from across central Oklahoma enjoyed a cookout, OKC RedHawks baseball game and a fireworks display in May. Some 120 coordinators and their family members were honored for tireless work in organizing and recruiting for blood drives at their businesses, schools and community groups throughout the year.

The highlight of the evening was seeing blood recipient Tyler Brooksher, 13, throw out the first pitch. Tyler needed blood from more than 40 donors while battling a serious liver condition that eventually required a liver transplant in 2012. He was joined by his family and buddies from Norman, who shared heartfelt thanks to all for making sure blood was available to help Tyler survive.

To learn how you can coordinate a blood drive, call 877-340-8777.


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“I Wouldn’t Even Be Here.”