(Belleville, IL) – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in conjunction with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC), is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, February 21 in the Millennium Room from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Convenient parking is available just outside the Prairie Heart Institute Building (Bldg. A) at 340 West Lincoln Street (the back of the hospital).
All presenting donors will receive a voucher to redeem a MVRBC “Make Your Own Luck” themed t-shirt. The voucher can then be used to order your t-shirt and allows donors to select their t-shirt size.
To schedule a donation time call MVRBC at 866-GIVE-BLD (866-448-3253) or log on to www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use Sponsor Code: 10155. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are suggested.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is especially requesting donors for the February 21 blood drive as according to MVRBC, the number of donations has decreased regionally by the hundreds due to illness and winter weather. Specifically, donations from type O-positive, O-negative and B-negative donors are needed to ensure the Blood Center’s ability to provide an adequate blood supply for area hospitals.
“Every two seconds in the U.S. someone needs blood in order to recover from an injury or illness,” said Alissa Fuhrmann, Donor Relations Consultant for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. “To meet regional patient needs for blood and blood components, the Blood Center requires more than 2,000 donations from volunteer blood donors every week. While 37 percent of the population is eligible to give, less than 10 percent actually do. Please consider donating on February 21.”
A blood donor can give every eight weeks, or up to six times a year. All persons age 17 and up (or 16, with a signed parental permission form) who weigh at least 110 lbs. and are in general good health meet the basic eligibility requirements for blood donation. A full list of donor eligibility guidelines may be found at http://www.bloodcenter.org/donate-blood/donating-blood/donor-eligibility.aspx.
MVRBC is proud to be the provider of blood products and services to 90 hospitals, including St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. As inventory allows, MVRBC also provides additional units to hospitals across the country through a national resource sharing program.
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