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Blood Shortage is Very Real in Northeast Ohio

October 7, 2007

Fifty-seven hospitals in northeast <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Ohio are facing a grave situation – the blood supply is at an alarmingly low level.  This includes the AllianceCommunityHospital. 

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Seven of the eight blood types are below minimum inventory standards.  On Monday, October 8, the day began with zero unites of type AB negative; 1 unit of type B negative and considerably less than a half-day supply of types O positive and O negative and less than a day of type B positive.  These statistics are given by the Red Cross CEO, David Plate.


As mentioned, this severe shortage includes our community.  If there ever was a time individuals can “stand up and be countedâ€, this is it!  One productive unit can potentially save the lives of three individuals.


On Thursday, October 11, the monthly Alliance Community Hospital blood drive will be held in conference room 1-A from noon until 5:45 p.m.  For individuals who work during the day, the later hours make donating much easier. 


We are urging anyone who has not donated in a while, or individuals who have never donated to take the time to do so on Thursday.  Walk-ins are welcome, but by scheduling an appointment, less time is spent waiting to donate. 


Donors may go online at to schedule their own appointment, or they can call the Volunteer Department at the hospital, 330-596-7822, and the staff will schedule an appointment for the individual.


Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weight at least 110 pounds and provide a picture ID.  Further information can be obtained by contacting the volunteer department. 


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