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Critical Need at Community Blood Bank

Heavy use of blood continues to outpace donations and leaves the bank’s inventory depleted for local hospitals.
– Heavy use of blood continues to outpace donations and leaves the bank’s inventory depleted for local hospitals.

“Each of our area hospitals have minimum number of units of blood they need to keep on their shelves for emergencies, surgeries and other patient needs,” said Steve Beeler, executive director for Community Blood Bank. “Many of our hospitals are well below these minimum levels, and it’s the blood on the shelves that saves lives.”

“Dozens of accidents, surgeries and other emergencies happen every day that never make the news. Blood is needed every day, not just when there’s a high profile emergency, reminds Dr. Jeff Richmond, Community Blood Bank’s medical director. “If we wait to donate blood until an emergency happens, it’s too late.”

You are asked to donate as soon as possible. Stop in to 2646 Peach St. Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Or find a blood drive near you at http://www.fourhearts.org/donate  The center will continue to extend hours through August.

Community Blood Bank partners with hospitals in Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York to provide blood for patients in need. If you are at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. To learn more or to find a blood drive near you, visit http://www.fourhearts.org   or call 877-842-0631.

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