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Community Blood Bank Honors WCA

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Presenting WCA with a “5 Years of Savings Lives Award” is from left, William A. Geary, M.D., Ph.D., laboratory director and director of transfusion services at the WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory; Amy D. Reinhardt, WCA’s bloodmobile coordinator; Larry S. Senn, WCA Hospital vice president of Administration; Dan Desrochers, director of marketing at the Community Blood Bank; Kathy Hastings, mobile drive coordinator, WNY Region; Jon Sundholm, BS MT (ASCP), WCA clinical laboratory manager.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, June 21, 2010)—The Community Blood Bank (CBB) of Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York recently presented WCA Hospital the “5 Years of Saving Lives” award, recognizing and honoring the hospital for its contributions in providing blood for the patients in their community.

The honor demonstrates an exceptional commitment to the volunteer blood community and building awareness of the need for blood donations.  The WCA Hospital’s partnership with Community Blood Bank has generated significant donations from the region’s businesses, high schools, hospital employees, and community donors over the past five years.

When presenting the award, Dan Desrochers of the Community Blood Bank stated, “The contributions from our local hospitals have the potential to save thousands of lives in the Western New York Region.  We are very grateful to WCA Hospital and the many employees, businesses, and community donors that support our blood bank.  They are heroes of their city!  We depend on their continued support, but most of all the friends, neighbors and families who depend on their support.  When people donate blood to the Community Blood Bank, their blood stays local to save a life locally.”

Since 2005, WCA Hospital has sponsored area CBB bloodmobile drives and provided regional advocacy and awareness.  The Community Blood Bank has provided approximately 98% of all the blood used at WCA Hospital.  Because there is no substitution for human blood, blood donors help to ensure that the hospital meets the blood needs of the community. 

“There are many reasons to commend and support the Community Blood Bank program, but perhaps the most compelling reason is that when an individual donates to the Community Blood Bank, their blood benefits our patients directly, keeping our local blood supply strong so it is available when our patients need it,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. 

The Community Blood Bank exists as a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide a safe, adequate supply of voluntarily-donated blood for patients. They are licensed by the FDA and hold permits in the New York Department of Health and in the Pennsylvania Department of Health. They are accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Acts and are a member of America’s Blood Centers.

“The number of people impacted by blood donations every year simply wouldn’t be possible without the help of donors and blood drive coordinators like WCA,” said Desrochers. “Each unit of blood collected in the community can save up to three lives.”

Generous CBB Western New York business sponsors include, Burgett & Robbins, Webner Knapp, Heritage Village, Heritage Green, Lutheran Social Services & Rehabilitation Center, Monofrax, Truck-Lite, Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, St Luke’s Church, United Methodist Church, Frewsburg American Legion (in Memory of Brian Suckow), Lucille Ball Theatre, Cummins Engine, Chautauqua Chamber, Century 21 Turner Brokers, Fenton Mobility, Comfort Today Day Spa, Chautauqua Institution, Titan X, Harrington/Sandberg, Bush Industries, Chautauqua Mall, area high schools and colleges.

To donate blood, an individual must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds; be in general good health and should eat well before giving blood.  Photo identification is required. For blood drives in the Chautauqua County region, visit www.wcahospital.org. Click upcoming events tab.

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