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CRH to host blood drive

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Columbus Regional Health will host an Indiana Blood Center blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30. The drive is open to the public and will be held in Meeting Room 1 in the basement of the hospital.

“The people of Bartholomew County look to Columbus Regional Hospital for providing care that is effective, safe and patient-centered,” said CRH President and CEO Jim Bickel. “In turn, we look to Indiana Blood Center to ensure our physicians have immediate access to the blood components needed to treat their patients. You’re literally saving the lives of people right here in Columbus by donating blood through Indiana Blood Center.”

During the last year alone, Indiana Blood Center provided CRH with more than 2,500 blood components. Without these crucial red blood cells, platelets and plasma, CRH physicians would not be able to quickly and easily help patients who are fighting cancer, require surgery, or come to the emergency department for life-saving treatment.

Just one unit of blood can help save the lives of three Hoosiers.

“Blood transfusions save lives every day,” said Byron Buhner, president and CEO of Indiana Blood Center. “We need volunteer blood donors to raise their sleeves and help us keep Columbus Regional Hospital adequately supplied with the blood components that will ultimately help many of those donors’ friends and neighbors.”

To meet the patient needs of more than 60 hospitals throughout the state, Indiana Blood Center must see 550 donors every day, which is why CRH is reaching out to local residents and asking them to become blood donors. On March 30, consider raising your sleeve and becoming a donor yourself. Interested donors can go to www.donorpoint.org to schedule an appointment or visit the donor center at 1435 N. National Road.


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