Alliance Community Hospital Claims #1 Spot in Eastern Stark Blood Drives
As of September 1, Alliance Community Hospital is ranked as the top blood drive collector in Eastern Stark County by the American Red Cross. The Eastern Stark County area includes Alliance, Sebring, Minerva, and Louisville. So far in 2011, ACH has collected 35 pints of blood on average at each of the 10 blood drives held this year, for a total of 351 units collected.
In northern Ohio, the American Red Cross serves 75 area hospitals, satellite hospitals, and clinics. Alliance Community Hospital ranks number 10 out of 75 for top blood drive sites.
“The number of patients requiring blood and blood products continues to grow every month,” says Michele Quinn, Coordinator of Volunteer Services. “Our monthly blood drives play a big role in balancing and maintaining available units to patients in need.”
“We’ve been able to surpass our goals at every drive this year, and we couldn’t do it without the generous support of the community.”
According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. Through the generous support of donors, ACH has contributed enough blood to save up to 1053 lives.
One donation can save the lives of up to three people. Donors must be 17 years of age, unless a written consent is given by a parent/guardian for a 16 year old. They must be in good health on the day of the donation and weigh no less than 110 pounds. All donors must also present a photo ID or their donor card.
The next ACH blood drive is on October 11 from 12:00pm-6:00pm at Alliance Community Hospital. Appointments can be scheduled by going online to www.givelife.org, or by calling the volunteer department of the hospital at 330-596-7822 and the staff will schedule an appointment. For more information, please visit our website at www.achosp.org.