Vital Signs June 2009


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Students give and learn at campus blood drives



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The NASCAR season is here and Red Cross Racing is back with a brand new Web site for 2009.  Like last year’s promotion, there is still a team competition and a place for donors to record their donations.  New prizes this year include binoculars, re-designed shirts, folding chairs, and more.

Red Cross Racing is a great way to rally the members of your group or organization for a common good.  Simply encourage donors to visit the Web site where they can learn how easy it is to earn Red Cross Racing merchandise by giving blood.

In addition to the new look of the Red Cross Racing site, there’s also a restructured point system based on the different types of donation.  The more donors give, the more the points they can accrue throughout the promotion.

For information on forming a team or how to report blood donations, visit

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Stevens-Henager College hosts regular blood drives and offers courses for students interested in phlebotomy.

Students give and learn at campus blood drives 


Whenever the Red Cross sets up a blood drive on Stevens-Henager College campus, it’s no surprise that the students taking phlebotomy courses are eager to learn the tips and tricks of collecting blood. 


As a school with a variety of healthcare classes and programs, Stevens-Henager has hosted Red Cross blood drives for many years under the direction of Dr. Stephen Babb.  Currently serving as Dean of Education at the Orem (UT) campus, Dr. Babb knows how important it is for students to give blood and to become lifelong donors.


“When I was working as a doctor on the East Coast back in the 1980s, I actually had a patient who bled to death because there wasn’t enough blood,” said Dr. Babb.  “I think some of those real-life experiences I share from the critical care side helps give students perspective and concrete examples of why they should give blood.”


By operating year-round, school officials can host regular blood drives on campus during the summer months.  With the next drive less than a week away, student representatives help to get the word out and generate interest while instructors make announcements about the blood drive date and time.


“The Red Cross staff is always accommodating and we try to meet their needs as well.  It’s a symbiotic relationship where students can give and learn at the same time,” said Dr. Babb.  “By hosting drives in our medical laboratory, it gives us a sense of ownership and lets people get involved.”


In addition to working with faculty and students, Dr. Babb said that he has established positive working relationships with local Red Cross representatives, which in turn has made it easy for him to coordinate drives.  He notes that in all his years of working with the Red Cross, planning the blood drives has never felt like a chore. 


While coordinating blood drives might not feel like work for Dr. Babb, we’re glad he’s there and willing to schedule drives during times when it’s especially difficult to collect blood.  His contributions and dedication to the Red Cross helps ensure blood is available when it’s needed.








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