FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Linda Johnson
WCA Hospital Public Relations
Community Blood Bank Announces Drives in March
Members of the Public Urged to Donate Blood
Jamestown, New York (Monday, March 2, 2009)-The Community Blood Bank (CBB) of Western New York will hold bloodmobile drives at WCA Hospital, Brooks Memorial Hospital, Lakeshore Hospital, and Tri-County Hospital during the month of March. Every unit of blood collected locally by the Community Blood Bank goes directly for use in Western New York and supports local patients admitted to area hospitals. No appointments are necessary and public walk-ins are encouraged.
CBB Bloodmobile drives will be held at WCA Hospital Auditorium, 207 Foote Avenue, on Tuesday, March 3rd, 7 a.m. - Noon; Brooks Memorial Hospital, 529 Central Avenue, Dunkirk; Thursday, March 5th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Lakeshore Hospital, Routes 5 & 20, Irving, New York; Friday, March 20th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Tri-County Hospital, 100 Memorial Drive, Gowanda, New York, on Tuesday, March 31st, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Anyone who is at least 17 years old, in good health and weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood. A good meal is recommended prior to donation. For additional information on donor requirements, visit fourhearts.org.
"Simply put, blood saves lives," said Kathy Hastings, Regional Mobile Drive Coordinator in the Chautauqua County region. "Blood is needed for individuals being treated for cancer, babies that are born prematurely, individuals with anemia and much, much, more. Blood donations truly save lives and there is no substitute. It must come from one individual to go to another, and every donation can help save up to three lives. That is the reason we encourage individuals to donate for life and donate at least once every quarter."
The Community Blood Bank has been providing a safe and reliable blood supply to patients in need since 1966. In Western New York, the Community Blood Bank is the preferred provider of blood products to all the hospitals in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties. The Community Blood Bank will now provide about 40,000 units of blood per year saving millions of dollars and thousands of lives in our region.
Local donors are encouraged to take the time and stop by one of the CBB drives during March. For more information on the drives, please contact WCA Hospital Public Relations at (716) 664-8614. For a list of 2009 CBB drives in the area, visit www.wcahospital.org.