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Blood Drive at Bingham Memorial Hospital

May 5, 2016 - Would you like to donate blood and be a part of a lifesaving journey? During National Hospital Week which celebrates the dedication of everyone who works in a hospital setting, you’ll have that opportunity to do just that. The American Red Cross will be at BMH for a blood drive and you’re invited to give the gift of life and donate blood.

Monday, May 9th

12:15 pm to 5:30 pm

98 Poplar Street

Medical Office Building

(across the street from the main hospital)

Harrington Classroom

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and so your blood donation is always needed. To demonstrate how much of a difference you can make, if you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days (the maximum allowed) until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially saving more than 1,000 lives.

“Your family’s and neighbors’ lives may someday depend on your generosity,” says Tara Preston, director of human resources at BMH. “And, blood donations are a vital part of how Bingham Memorial is able to provide services in emergency and non-emergency situations.”

If you’re hesitant about donating, here are a few steps you can take to ensure a pleasant experience. Talk to the staff while donating—they are there to make you comfortable, so don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to about the process. Bring a friend if that will put you at ease. Be sure to eat and drink plenty of water before you donate. Finally, it’s not a good idea to donate if you are not feeling well.

While eligibility requirements vary in some states and blood centers, generally you must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds, and be in good general health to donate. Also, a valid photo ID (such as a driver’s license) must be presented. If you don’t meet these requirements, you can still find a way to help, though. You can organize a blood drive at your office, school, or place of worship; or, instead of receiving birthday gifts, ask your friends and loved ones to donate in your honor.

Blood is especially needed this time of year. To schedule a time to give blood on Monday, May 9th or for more information, please contact: Tara Preston by calling (208) 785-3841 or send an e-mail to: tpreston@binghammemorial.org Also, to help you save up to 15 minutes at your donation appointment, the American Red Cross has created “Rapid Pass.” Visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to learn more.

Be a Hero. Donate Blood.