ACH Honored at Red Cross Luncheon
Alliance Community Hospital was presented the award for the Highest Goal Achievement at the Annual Red Cross Partnership on June 2 during a luncheon hosted by the American Red Cross Society, which was held in Cleveland.
ACH Blood Drive Committee members, Becky Wilson and Paula Lee, received the glass inscribed award on the hospital's behalf. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The honor was given in recognition of the number of donors ACH attracted within the past year and, in particular, in regard to the 1,178 pints of blood donated as a result of ACH blood drives. This was the second consecutive year <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />AllianceCommunityHospital has received the award for the highest goal achievement and in 2006 the hospital sponsorship award was received.
â€œFrom a lab perspective, we see the need for blood,â€ said Wilson, who is co-manager of Laboratory Services for ACH.
â€œAnything we can do to encourage people to donate is good. It is important to educate the public on how many lives have been saved through blood and blood products collected at blood drives and that is what presentation of this award accomplishes,â€ she said.
During the course of the luncheon, Larry Walker, Laboratory Director at RobinsonMemorialHospital, commented that he was impressed by what ACH has achieved through its blood drives.
One of the key speakers of the event was Nick Early, Executive Director at Greater Cleveland Veterans Business Resource Council and a veteran of the United States Army. He recounted how, in 1968, the Red Cross impacted his life by arranging transport for his mother to come see him Japan where he was in the hospital and having been wounded in battle.
â€œI was then sent to Cleveland where I had multiple surgeries and underwent five years' worth of rehabilitation and recovery,â€ said Early. â€œI would not be here without blood from Red Cross.â€
ACH Vice President of Colleague Relations, Connie Poulton, said the award is greatly appreciated though not entirely unexpected.
â€œOur Laboratory, Educational and Volunteer Services departments work hard to achieve the best possible outcomes during all of our blood drives, which we are honored to co-host with the Red Cross. It's a privilege and honor to be able to touch so many lives in this way,â€ she said.
This award is on display in the â€œAwardsâ€ case located in the first circle on the first floor of the hospital.
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