Mercy to Co-sponsor Blood Drives in January

December 27, 2011

Mercy Hospital Washington works with area schools, churches, businesses and other organizations to collect life-saving blood products from generous donors. Donations provide life support for Mercy patients. Upcoming events include: 

  • Coleman Elementary Winter Blood Drive from3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 12, in the Gymnasium at the school, 4536 Coleman Road in Villa Ridge
  • St. Bridget’s Parish and School Winter Blood Drive from2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, in the Gymnasium, 223 West Union in Pacific.
  • The Mercy Hospital Washington Co-Worker and Community Blood Drivefrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, January 19, in Classrooms A & B on the main level of the Mercy Medical Building, 851 E. Fifth St. in Washington. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are preferred. For an appointment, visit donateblood.mercy.net. 

Donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with permission from a parent or legal guardian. They must be at least 110 pounds and in good health. All donors should allow eight weeks between donations. All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt.

Mercy Blood Donor Services is the only mobile, hospital-based, blood collection center in the state of Missouri. Being mobile means bringing services to peoples’ places of business, worship or school. The service allows the hospital to collect life-saving blood supplies from the community, for the community at a portion of the cost. 

For information regarding medical eligibility, or if you would like to host a community blood drive at your school, business, organization or place of worship, call 1-866-37DONOR.  

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 30 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

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