Salem Township Hospital joins American Red Cross Champions for Life campaign

February 11, 2013

Program recognizes hospitals for blood collection efforts


SALEM, Ill. (Feb. 11, 2013) –  The mission of the American Red Cross Biomedical Services is to provide the American people with the safest, most reliable, most cost-effective blood possible through voluntary donations.  The Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region is proud to announce that Salem Township Hospital will join the Red Cross as a partner in accomplishing this mission by becoming part of the Red Cross’ Champions for Life campaign.


The Champions for Life healthcare initiative benefits the Red Cross in two ways: by increasing blood donations at hospital-sponsored blood drives and recognizing hospital sponsors and blood donors for their generous efforts.  To meet its top priority – to provide safe, reliable blood products to patients in need – the Red Cross depends on partnerships with area hospitals, including Salem Township Hospital. As part of the campaign, Salem Township Hospital will sponsor four Red Cross blood drives in the Salem community in 2013.


“Salem Township Hospital not only provides excellent health care to our community, they go above and beyond and show true concern and support for area patients by agreeing to sponsor blood drives with the American Red Cross” said Missouri-Illinois Region CEO Scott Caswell. “This type of partnership is one which is greatly valued and needed in order to help meet patient demand for blood products. The Red Cross is honored to partner with Salem Township Hospital.”


The next Salem community blood drive sponsored by Salem Township Hospital will be Feb. 20 from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Salem Community Activities Center, at Oglesby & Hamilton, Salem, Ill.

Everyone who attempts to donate blood will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.   

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at