SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The inaugural January Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month is off to a strong start in Springfield with a new Community Blood Center blood drive at Springfield Regional Medical Center.
Springfield Regional began the New Year with its first community blood drive Wednesday, Jan. 3. The hospital will host blood drives on the first or second Thursday of every other month (every eight weeks) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Garden Level conference room across from Garden Café.
Springfield Regional Medical Center is at 100 Medical Center Drive and donors can schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.
CBC’s strategic goals for 2019 announced during January Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month include identifying and recruiting new platelet and plasma donors. This includes expanding opportunities for platelet and plasma donations at community blood drives, including the Springfield Regional blood drives.
Platelets and plasma are vital to the treatment of cancer, organ transplant, burn, and trauma patients. New platelet donors are in high demand, especially those with blood types A, AB, or B positive. Donors can find out more at www.GivingBlood.org or talk to an apheresis specialist at (937) 461-3220.
“I was just walking by and saw the sign,” hospital lab technologist John Stout said after donating at the Jan. 3 blood drive. His work in the lab makes him familiar with how often blood is used at the hospital. He was encouraged to become a platelet or plasma donor because his AB blood type makes him an ideal donor.
“I didn’t know you had it here today,” John said. “It’s easy for me next time to give platelets and plasma.”
Larry Moorman from Springfield is a regular platelet donor. He wore colorful holiday socks, a donor gift from CBC, while making his 117th lifetime donation at the new Springfield Regional blood drive.
“I go back to the days when my father donated and started me, and I gave in the military,” said Larry. He began donating platelets and became even more dedicated after a two-year deferment from donating as he received treatment for prostate cancer.
“Cancer,” said Larry. “When you hear that word you think, ‘This could be it.’”
Cindy Hawkins from Springfield made her first lifetime donation at the Jan. 3 blood drive. She went back to school to become a nurse late in her career and now works in the pulmonary unit at Miami Valley Hospital. She talked about why she was inspired to become a donor.
“I was on a cruise, and we were in the middle of the ocean when a passenger needed blood,” she said. “I thought, I’m a nurse and I don’t even know my blood type. You want to help and you can’t, but some on the ship were able to. Now I administer blood to patients, and today is my first day donating.”
NEW MONTHLY SPRINGFIELD BLOOD DRIVES
Beginning Jan. 14, 2019 the Maiden Lane Church of God at 1201 Maiden Lane will host a blood drive on the second Monday of every month from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Beginning Jan. 15, 2019 the First Christian Church of Springfield at 3638 Middle Urbana Road will host a blood drive on the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.