Blood Donors Needed as Supplies Drop

(November 27, 2007) - Memorial University Medical Center and the Savannah Community Blood Bank are holding a blood drive at the Memorial Blood Donor Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, November 29. Blood supplies tend to drop after Thanksgiving and all healthy adults are encouraged to donate and help replenish our life-saving supplies. "Memorial University Medical Center is the only trauma center in southeast Georgia, which makes our blood supply needs even greater," said Lynn Thompson, manager of blood bank and transfusion services at Memorial. "A motor vehicle accident victim can require up to 50 donated blood products in just a couple of hours. Donated blood can mean the difference between life and death for some of our patients." Memorial University Medical Center and the Savannah Community Blood Bank hope to acquire 40 pints of blood on November 29. That means 45 to 50 people need to donate. To encourage donors to come forward, Memorial is offering drawings for great prizes, including a $50 gift certificate to the new First Uniform Shop. To schedule an appointment, call Lesley Wilkes at 350-6730. The Savannah Community Blood Bank (SCBB) is an independent nonprofit community blood center committed to providing a safe and adequate blood supply for the people of Savannah. Since January 2001, SCBB has been the sole provider of blood products for Memorial University Medical Center. Savannah Community Blood Bank is a member of the Blood Alliance and America's Blood Centers. Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; CareOne, its two-state home care division; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial University Medical Center is the only hospital in the country to be named both a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates and one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune magazine.