Blood Donors Needed
February 24, 2010
Somerset Medical Center is experiencing critical shortages in its blood supply, particularly in its supplies of O-positive, O-negative and A-positive blood, and is appealing to members of the community to help ensure that it is able to meet its patients’ needs.
“This winter’s snowy weather has prevented many of our blood donors from making their regular appointments,” says Christina Leung, supervisor of the Blood Donor Program at Somerset Medical Center. “At the same time, our patients’ need for blood has increased. We are asking our community for their support in helping us address this shortage.”
“When you give blood, you are truly giving the gift of life,” says Kathy Puder, director of Somerset Medical Center’s clinical laboratory. “In fact, each time you donate, you can help save up to three lives. Since all of the blood donated at Somerset Medical Center is used for our patients, you are helping members of your own community.”
Somerset Medical Center’s Blood Donor Program is one of only a few hospital-run programs of its kind in New Jersey. It relies on volunteer blood donors to provide most of the blood used annually by patients at the medical center.
Anyone who is at least 16 years old and is in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.
Somerset Medical Center’s Blood Donor Program is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursdays. Appointments are preferred. Walk-ins are also welcomed. To schedule an appointment, call 908-685-2926. For more information about the Blood Donor Program and eligibility criteria for blood donors, visit www.somersetmedicalcenter.com/blood.