PMC blood drive most successful in decade

By: 
Kathy Atkins

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) teamed up with Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) on June 27 for its most successful blood drive in more than a decade.

 

KBC Director of Recruitment Kelley McPhail said, “Thanks to Pikeville Medical Center for generously hosting such a successful summer blood drive. Summer can often be a difficult time for us because people are on vacation and do not take the time to donate. The generous donors at PMC helped to make sure Kentucky patients have the blood they need this summer. Thanks to everyone.”

 

KBC is the only source of blood for Pikeville Medical Center. The hospital not only uses blood for accident victims in trauma cases but uses it for treating cancer patients, for new mothers before or after childbirth, for surgeries, for intensive care patients, and for general medical care.

 

Nearly 150 employees and community members who registered for the drive which is a major increase from the same time last year.

 

KBC brought in staff from the Lexington office which reduced wait times for donors to under one hour.

 

“The extra staffing really helped our numbers,” said Special Events Administrator Patty Thompson. “PMC employees take time away from their jobs to donate blood, so a short wait time is much appreciated.”

 

KBC Donor Recruitment Specialist Alice Compton added, “Thanks to everyone who donated or helped work the PMC Blood Drive. It was fun to see friends and neighbors rolling up their sleeves to save lives.”

 

Only a small percentage of the US population (37 percent) is eligible to donate blood and less than 10 percent of this group actually donates. If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future.

 

To be eligible to give blood, one must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 16 years of age (parental permission is required for 16-year old donors) and show a photo ID such as a driver’s license.

 

For more information about donating blood, call Kentucky Blood Center at 606-432-4979 or call Pikeville Medical Center at 606-218-4609, or visit pikevillehospital.org.