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REACHING OUT TO DONORS, STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE - REID HEALTH EXPANDS HOURS FOR BIMONTHLY BLOOD DRIVES

May 4, 2017

RICHMOND, Indiana - The Reid Health bimonthly blood drive has moved to a new day with expanded hours to attract more donors from the Richmond area. Community Blood Center celebrated the milestone at the Tuesday, May 2 blood drive by presenting Reid with the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club award for blood drive excellence.

Reid hosts six blood drives a year in Lingle Hall, traditionally on Fridays. Beginning with the May 2 blood drive, the new blood drive day is now Tuesday.  The blood drives are also three hours longer with the new hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The goal is to accommodate more community members who would like to donate at Reid after work.

CBC Account Representative Melinda Frech thanked Director of Laboratory Services Chuck McGill, who has served as blood drive coordinator for more than 30 years.

  "It gives me a good feeling," Chuck said about receiving another top blood drive award from CBC, and Reid's willingness to change days and expand hours. "It shows Reid is finding means to help patients in new ways," he said.

The former Reid Memorial Hospital Blood Bank first joined forces with Community Blood Center in 1974 and the partnership has grown stronger over the decades.   Reid Health became CBC's central community blood drive location in the Richmond area when it expanded capacity in 2015.  The result was an award-winning year with a 15 percent increase in donors and a 22 percent increase in donations.

Reid is a perennial recipient of the Platinum LifeSaving Ambassadors Club Award, the highest for blood drive excellence.  Blood drives must average 100 percent of collection goal or higher to achieve the Platinum award.

Reid hosted seven blood drives during the 2017 calendar, resulting in 1,167 donors, 72 first-time donors and 963 donations for an average of 103 percent of collection goal.

Tuesday's blood drive with the newly expanded hours resulted in 168 donors, 13 first-time donors and 137 donations for 95 percent of the collection goal.  It represented an 11 percent increase in donors compared to February's first blood drive of the year, and participation is expected to grow as more community members learn about the expanded hours.

Reid staff members were alerted by emails about the blood drive moving from Fridays to Tuesdays.  For some departments Tuesdays will be more convenient.

"Friday is a busy rehab day," said donor Betsy Pitcock, who works in Occupational Therapy. "There are a lot of surgeries during the week, but for some reason Thursday is a big OR (operating room) day."

Retired Reid staff member Nancy Wise made her 107th lifetime donation Tuesday.  It was her first blood donation in more than two years because of the deferral period following her successful treatment for breast cancer.  She was pleased to be able to give blood again.

"I donated a lot of times at Reid during my 34 years as a nursing assistant," she said. "I worked in the surgical department for the last 20 years, and on the floors too, so I saw it all.  I knew the need was there."

Reid's next community blood drive will be Tuesday, June 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Lingle Hall.