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COMMITMENT BURNS BRIGHT AT REID HEALTH

July 3, 2019

RICHMOND, Indiana - The demand for blood never takes a holiday, and neither do hospitals.  Patient care continues non-stop at Richmond's Reid Health through the busy July 4th week, and Reid remained just as dedicated to its blood drive schedule with a critical all-day blood drive on July 2.

"Your Commitment Burns Red, White, & Blue" was the theme with a free candle in patriotic colors from the Warm Glow Candle Company for everyone who registered to donate. Only a handful of blood drives are scheduled during the holiday week, and Community Blood Center again counted on Reid donors to boost the blood supply.

"I put that in my plea," said Director of Laboratory Services Chuck McGill, who has served as blood drive coordinator for more than 30 years and encourages all hospital staff to donate. "It's important because of the holiday season and summer. Especially type O negative."

Reid donors responded with a turn-out 25 percent higher than last year's blood drive on the eve of July 4th.   Tuesday's blood drive totaled 263 donors, including 200 whole blood donations, six platelet donations, and 36 first-time donors for 122 percent of the collection goal.

"It's really the right thing to do," said Reid nurse Kim Schneider, who donated along with her 20-year-old daughter Katie, and her 16-year-old daughter Becca who made her first lifetime donation. "It's the easiest thing to do to give back."

Reid hosts six blood drives a year and has been a partner with Community Blood Center since 1974.  In 2017 Reid expanded blood drive hours to a 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. schedule to accommodate more community members. 

In 2018 Reid added machines for platelet and plasma donations. These blood components are vital for the treatment of cancer, trauma, organ transplant, and burn patients.

"One of my goals this year is to donate 24 times," said College Corner donor John Wright. Whole blood donors must wait 56 days between donations, but platelet donors can donate up to 24 times per year. "I I'm running a little behind because my goal was to have 13 donations by July."

In 2019 Reid has helped CBC with the goal of recruiting more platelet and plasma donors with a special focus on women platelet donors. Richmond donor Becky Melton made her first lifetime platelet donation at Tuesday's blood drive.  She wasn't surprised to learn that many women donors have been responding to the plea.

"Women are more tenderhearted," said Becky. "We're the bleeding hearts of the world! It's a big responsibility. You never know when you will need it, you or your loves ones."