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Alameda Hospital Sponsoring Blood Drive on June 25

Northern California Blood Services Region

June 15, 2010

Alameda Hospital has been sponsoring blood drives with the American Red Cross for nearly twenty years, holding its first drive in July 1993. 

The next blood drive at Alameda Hospital (2070 Clinton Avenue) will be held on June 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood can call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).  Appointments can also be be made online.

So far in 2010, more than 100 pints of blood have been collected at two hospital drives. 

“Alameda Hospital is a very special blood drive sponsor, one of a select group who has continuously supported our efforts to provide blood to people throughout the Bay Area in addition to their own hospital.” said Jay Winkenbach, CEO of the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region.

Both organizations have long histories of community service. The American Red Cross was founded in 1881, and Alameda Hospital began its existence as Alameda Sanatorium in 1894.  The joint effort between the two groups has yielded significant results.

Since 1993, Alameda Hospital and the Red Cross have worked together to hold 53 community blood drives.  More than 1,700 pints of blood have been collected at those drives.

Each unit of blood collected can be spun down into three component parts.  These components are used in the treatment of trauma patients, burn victims, organ transplant recipients, people suffering from blood disorders and cancer patients.

Because each unit of blood can be separated into three components, as many as 5,100 patients may have been helped as a result of the blood drives held at Alameda Hospital. 

Alameda Hospital CEO Deborah Stebbins said, “We are proud of our close partnership with the American Red Cross.  The end result is the best care for our patients and a more stable blood supply for all those who need it.”

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Bring a Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive identification.