HRMC Celebrates Blood Donors
July 03, 2015
HURON, S.D. – Local blood donors were celebrated as super heroes, on Tuesday, June 23 at Huron Regional Medical Center’s annual donor recognition luncheon.
HRMC honored a total of 47 donors who, in their lifetimes, have donated between 3 and 19 gallons of blood. Since each donor can only donate one pint of blood every 56 days (or six times per year), it takes a donor approximately four years of continuous donations to achieve the three-gallon threshold. HRMC blood donors are publicly recognized once they reach this minimum threshold and every gallon thereafter at the annual banquet as well as on a recognition board located near the emergency room entrance just outside the main laboratory.
After the donors enjoyed a complimentary lunch of filet mignon, spinach strawberry salad, garlic-cheddar biscuits and sweet potato tots prepared by the HRMC food service staff, several HRMC leaders personally thanked them for their life-saving gifts.
“It is so unusual for a hospital this size to have a donation and collection center like this and it is because of your dedication,” said Dr. Karl Blessinger, HRMC pathologist and medical director of the blood bank. “It is so nice to know who our donors are and it gives a measure of patient safety knowing where our blood comes from. It’s also great to know in the case of an emergency, we have access to a good local supply of blood.”
HRMC’s blood bank meets rigid accreditation standards required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).
“It is hard to find words to express our gratitude, so I will borrow from the words of Winston Churchill, ‘We make a living by what we get and we make a life by what we give,’” said Owen Bain, director of HRMC’s laboratory. ”You’ve all made a difference in someone’s life by choosing to give your time and blood. Thank you!”
Donors age 17 and older can donate up to one pint of blood every 56 days. The process is simple, confidential and takes about a half an hour. Community members interested in donating blood can call 353-6530 to schedule an appointment. For convenience, appointments are available Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Information about donating blood is posted on HRMC’s website at www.huronregional.org.
David D. Waldner
Robert E. Glanzer
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