Southern Illinois Healthcare System Office reaches silver level achievement in American Red Cross’ Champions for Life Program

July 29, 2013


CARBONDALE, Ill. (July 29, 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 Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region of the Red Cross is proud to announce the Southern Illinois Healthcare System Office has been a valued partner in accomplishing this mission, and has reached Silver level status in 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 the Southern Illinois Healthcare System Office.


Southern Illinois Healthcare System Office staff and the public played an integral part in the hospital being able to collect 113 pints of blood through hosting four blood drives in 2012. Because each pint has the potential to reach up to three people, more than 330 patients may have benefited from their efforts.


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


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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBldMOIL.