Tuesday, June 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Boardroom, located on the first floor. Appointments and masks are required. To schedule an appointment, call 800-747-5401 or go to www.bloodcenter.org/group and use code 10155.
Your donation will make a difference. It’s easy to rationalize that someone else will fill the need, but when more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day, each donation matters.. Someone needs blood or a blood product every two seconds in the United States, and on out of every seven people who enter a hospital will need a blood product, according to America’s Blood Centers (ABC).
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Laboratory Director Justin Cox encourages everyone to consider donating. “Donations are important because we do not have an alternative for blood or platelets; they cannot be manufactured,” said Cox. “Hospitals use blood every single day to help patients. We want to ensure supply is available for you or a loved one should you need it.”
According to Kirby Winn, public relations manager at ImpactLife, “38% of the population is eligible to donate blood. Fewer than 10% actual do. This is a problem. Every day, many Americans depend on blood donations from generous volunteer donors for critical components of their medical care…it is truly the most personal natural resource.”
ImpactLife is the local blood provider for 126 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, including St. Elizabeth’s.
Blood transfusions can be necessary for serious injuries, surgeries, childbirth, blood disorders, anemia and many other conditions and situations. Plasma donations can be vital for patients with liver failure, severe infections and serious burns.