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Aultman Blood Center at Union Hospital Meets Donor Preferences

by Tiffany Pellegrene | Apr 02, 2014
Local blood donors are changing where and when they prefer to give blood. In recent years, the number of donors coming to the Union Hospital on-site blood donor room has declined. At the same time, donors are increasingly attending the community blood drives and bloodmobile sites held around the area. As a result, Union Hospital and the Aultman Blood Center are announcing changes to the blood donor program.

CANTON, Ohio (March 24, 2014) — Local blood donors are changing where and when they prefer to give blood. In recent years, the number of donors coming to the Union Hospital on-site blood donor room has declined. At the same time, donors are increasingly attending the community blood drives and bloodmobile sites held around the area. As a result, Union Hospital and the Aultman Blood Center are announcing changes to the blood donor program.

“The schedule of the on-site blood donor room at Union Hospital will change from four days per week to two days - Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day,” said Stefanie Reninger, Aultman Blood Center recruitment coordinator. “Apheresis and whole blood donations will be welcomed.”

To better accommodate donors who prefer giving blood at a neighborhood mobile location, Reninger says the Aultman Blood Center will increase the number of monthly community-based blood drives from the current six or seven events per month to eight to 10 events in the future. In addition, blood drives at Union Hospital for employees and the public will double from six per year to one each month.

Carey Gardner, director of Community Relations at UH, said Union Hospital and the Aultman Blood Center partnered together in 1997 to bring a blood donor program to Union Hospital and Tuscarawas County.

“Union Hospital relies almost entirely on the blood donations from local residents collected at the Aultman Blood Center at Union Hospital for the blood and blood products needed by our patients,” Gardner said. “This partnership has been successful in providing an extremely reliable and safe blood supply for patients of the two hospitals and keeps the cost of blood as low as possible.”

Gardner said these changes to the local blood program were made by the Aultman Blood Center based on recommendations from the Union Hospital board of trustees. He said the goal is to have these changes fully implemented by April 1.

Gardner and Reninger both added that the progress of the local blood donor program will be continually monitored and the impact of these changes will be evaluated on a semiannual basis.

To find the next Aultman Blood Center at Union Hospital mobile drive, visit www.unionhospital.org and click on the events calendar - or go to www.aultman.org/bloodcenter for the full calendar of mobile drives.

 

 

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