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March 15, 2013
Baystate Health Blood Mobile Holds Blood Drive Thursday, March 21
GREENFIELD -- The Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile will host a blood drive on Thursday, March 21, from 11 am – 4 pm, in the parking lot behind the hospital’s Medical Office Building (48 Sanderson Street). All blood types are needed. Eligible blood donors will receive a $10 retail gift.
“Spring is just around the corner,” said Suzanne Stockley, blood donor recruiter, with the Baystate Health blood donor program. “What better time to get out, enjoy the fresh air, and make a difference in someone’s life by donating blood. We need your help to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is always available. ”
Stockley added, “One hundred percent of all blood collected on the blood mobile stays in our community for use in Baystate Health hospitals and facilities. There is no substitute for human blood.”
Blood donations take approximately one hour to complete, including the interview, donation, and refreshments. To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old; weigh at least 110 pounds; have a photo ID; be in good health (no colds, sore throat; no antibiotics within 48 hours); and not have donated blood within the past eight weeks. You may donate if you have had the flu vaccine or flu mist. Stockley reminded donors, “Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat well prior to your donation. For those of you low in iron, include lots of leafy greens.”
Appointments and pre-registration are recommended; however, walk-ins are also welcome. To make an appointment, contact: Ellen Missale, 413-773-2284 (email@example.com), or Suzanne Stockley, 413-322-4044 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please indicate the approximate time you wish to donate, your birth date, your phone number, and whether or not this will be your first donation within Baystate Health. If you have questions about your health history, medications, or your ability to donate, or would like to inquire about hosting a blood drive at your business or civic organization, please contact Suzanne Stockley.