SGCMH achieves Red Cross Premier Blood Partner status

2/5/2020

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its Premier Blood Partners for 2020, a prestigious honor, for its support of the community and national blood supply.

Last year during its six blood drives, SGCMH helped the Red Cross collect blood donations as part of its deep-rooted commitment to help save lives of patients facing illnesses and injuries in this community and across the country.

“Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is proud to be a part of the Red Cross mission that helps ensure lifesaving blood is available for hospital patients in need,” said Shelly Nortin, director of SGCMH Laboratory Services. “Our organization shares that same humanitarian value to help our neighbors, and we are grateful for the opportunity to host blood drives that will do just that here in our community.”

Every day, volunteer blood and platelet donors across the country are needed to help save lives. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease, according to the Red Cross.

SGCMH will host its next Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the hospital’s conference room. Community members are urged to come out and roll up a sleeve.

“We encourage the community to join us on this day to give the gift of life,” said Nortin. “The donation process only takes about an hour and can make an enormous difference for a patient battling illness or injury. Donors of all blood types are needed. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors.”

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