Taylor Edwards - donating

OXFORD, Ohio – The giving to help others never stops at Miami University, but it does slow down a bit when many students leave campus for the summer.  The RedHawks held their final two blood drives of the spring semester on April 19 and April 27 to complete another academic year of blood drive excellence.

There’s a steady beat to the MU lifeline of support for patients in need of blood in Butler County and across Community Blood Center’s 15-county region.  The April 19 blood drive in the Shriver Center totaled 77 donors and 63 donations and the year-ending blood drive on April 27 had 77 donors and 55 donations. The final blood drives had the year’s highest number of first-time donors with 27 on April 19 and 42 on April 27.

Miami hosted 10 student blood drives during the 2016-2017 school year. The student blood drives alone totaled 811 donors, 270 first-time donors and 619 donations for an average of 90 percent of the collection goal.

The Miami Faculty and Staff hosted an additional five blood drives. Also on the calendar was the annual two-day “Greek Week Blood Drive in September,” the biggest blood drive at Miami and in the CBC region.

Miami is CBC’s largest blood drive account with an overall total of 17 blood drives per year.  In 2016 the student, faculty and Greek Week blood drives totaled 1,704 donors, 566 first-time donors and 1,357 donations.

The final blood drives of the spring semester came at a busy time with students finishing up classes, getting ready for final exams, and looking forward to summer jobs, internships, and foreign travel.

“I’m in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and we get service hours for donating,” said Melissa Knapke, a sophomore from Fort Recovery who will travel to Luxembourg this summer.

“I’m in the same service fraternity,” said sophomore Nick Porter, who was donating in a bed nearby. He also made his fifth lifetime donation. “It’s a nice chance to help so many people. I’m an A negative and my blood is taken by a lot of people.”

Nick also has summer travel plans that include spending five weeks studying Austrian and German culture.

Junior Taylor Edwards will be traveling even further.  She will spend two months in China for an internship in business law.  But before saying goodbye to Oxford she mustered the courage to make her first lifetime blood donation.  “My doctor convinced me because he said I had good veins for it!” she said.

Taylor found herself in good company as she joined the ranks of blood donors at Miami.

The Faculty and Staff will keep the lifeline going in summer with a June 1 blood drive.  The first student blood drive of the fall will be Sept. 6 followed by the 2017 Greek Week Blood Drive Sept. 12-13.

PRSSA, Phi Delta Epsilon volunteers



Reid Health CBC Blood Drive Award

CBC’s Melinda Frech presents the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club award for blood drive excellence to Reid Health Director of Laboratory Services Chuck McGill.

RICHMOND, Indiana – The Reid Health bimonthly blood drive has moved to a new day with expanded hours to attract more donors from the Richmond area. Community Blood Center celebrated the milestone at the Tuesday, May 2 blood drive by presenting Reid with the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club award for blood drive excellence.

Reid hosts six blood drives a year in Lingle Hall, traditionally on Fridays. Beginning with the May 2 blood drive, the new blood drive day is now Tuesday.  The blood drives are also three hours longer with the new hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The goal is to accommodate more community members who would like to donate at Reid after work.

CBC Account Representative Melinda Frech thanked Director of Laboratory Services Chuck McGill, who has served as blood drive coordinator for more than 30 years.

“It gives me a good feeling,” Chuck said about receiving another top blood drive award from CBC, and Reid’s willingness to change days and expand hours. “It shows Reid is finding means to help patients in new ways,” he said.

The former Reid Memorial Hospital Blood Bank first joined forces with Community Blood Center in 1974 and the partnership has grown stronger over the decades.  Reid Health became CBC’s central community blood drive location in the Richmond area when it expanded capacity in 2015.  The result was an award-winning year with a 15 percent increase in donors and a 22 percent increase in donations.

Reid is a perennial recipient of the Platinum LifeSaving Ambassadors Club Award, the highest for blood drive excellence.  Blood drives must average 100 percent of collection goal or higher to achieve the Platinum award.

Reid hosted seven blood drives during the 2017 calendar, resulting in 1,167 donors, 72 first-time donors and 963 donations for an average of 103 percent of collection goal.

Tuesday’s blood drive with the newly expanded hours resulted in 168 donors, 13 first-time donors and 137 donations for 95 percent of the collection goal.  It represented an 11 percent increase in donors compared to February’s first blood drive of the year, and participation is expected to grow as more community members learn about the expanded hours.

Reid staff members were alerted by emails about the blood drive moving from Fridays to Tuesdays.  For some departments Tuesdays will be more convenient.

“Friday is a busy rehab day,” said donor Betsy Pitcock, who works in Occupational Therapy. “There are a lot of surgeries during the week, but for some reason Thursday is a big OR (operating room) day.”

Retired Reid staff member Nancy Wise made her 107th lifetime donation Tuesday.  It was her first blood donation in more than two years because of the deferral period following her successful treatment for breast cancer.  She was pleased to be able to give blood again.

“I donated a lot of times at Reid during my 34 years as a nursing assistant,” she said. “I worked in the surgical department for the last 20 years, and on the floors too, so I saw it all.  I knew the need was there.”

Reid’s next community blood drive will be Tuesday, June 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Lingle Hall.