In recognition of National Blood Donor Month, Newton Medical Center will host a Blood Drive through LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc. this Thursday, Jan. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. on the bloodmobile located in the front visitor parking lot.
January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month to encourage donors to give or pledge to give blood. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months, especially January, due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. A reduction in turnout can put our nation’s blood inventory at a critical low. Currently, there is an emergency need for type O negative blood and all types of platelets.
With the slogan, “Do Something Amazing, Give Blood,” LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is a community blood supplier for local hospitals in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, including Newton Medical Center. Each year, nearly five million Americans need a blood transfusion. To meet that responsibility, LifeSouth collects 266,000 blood donations a year. T
hat’s 728 donors a day. With 30 donor centers, 44 bloodmobiles and over 2,000 blood drives a month, the LifeSouth team is committed to making sure the blood is there when you or your family member is in need.
Newton Medical Center is proud to work with LifeSouth to coordinate the community Blood Drive.
LifeSouth does a great job getting people in and out quickly when giving blood. Currently we have a big need for blood, please donate,” expresses Laboratory Manager Debbie Tuten.
Each donation saves three lives and every donor will receive free snacks, a cholesterol screening and a LifeSouth t-shirt. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 year olds may donate with written parental permission), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in general good health. Remember to bring a photo ID and prior to your donation, drink extra caffeine-free fluids, eat a good meal and get plenty of sleep the night before. Also, refrain from intense exercise or heavy lifting after giving blood.
NMC’s Blood Drive is open to the entire community. Anyone wishing to donate blood is recommended to call ahead and schedule a time, while walk-ins will be welcomed the day of the Blood Drive. To schedule your appointment, please call Human Resources at 770-385-4363.