September 16, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is honoring Atrium Medical Center as a blood supply "Crisis Hero" of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Atrium received the "Crisis Hero Award of Excellence" for continuing to host community blood drives throughout the pandemic, and for helping meet the local and national demand for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma by sponsoring plasma drives.

Atrium hosted its monthly community blood drive on Sept. 15. CBC's Sandy Baur presented the award to Atrium Medical Center President Dr. Keith Bricking, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andre Harris, Human Resources Director Jeanna Severt, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer Kim Hensley, VP of Operations Rhonda Seidenschmidt, Finance Director Lyndsey Pittman, Atrium Foundation President Mike Stautberg, and Public Relations Manager Jennifer Burcham.

"At the core of everything we do is about taking care of patients," said Dr. Bricking. "Even though COVID was going on, and is still around, we knew blood donations were still needed. With our trauma patients and surgical patients, the need for blood was just as strong. Then with convalescence plasma, the need for antibodies was important as well."

Early in the pandemic hospitals across the CBC region quickly enforced strict safeguards against COVID-19 that included prohibiting all visitors, and in many cases cancelling blood drives. Atrium recognized blood collection an essential activity and re-opened the hospital for monthly community blood drives in May of 2020.

Atrium hosted nine blood drives in 2020 and has continued its monthly blood drive schedule through 2021.  Also, in February and March of 2021 Atrium hosted four additional "COVID Warrior" drives specifically for the collection of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma.

Wednesday's monthly Atrium blood drive totaled 37 donors and 34 donations. Atrium's next blood drive is Oct. 20 in the Atrium Professional Building fifth floor auditorium.  Make an appointment at or call (937) 461-3220.