Blood donations needed in July

LifeServe Blood Center (formerly known as the Siouxland Community Blood Bank) recently released its schedule of mobile blood drives scheduled throughout July and urged donors to donate as soon as possible.

"We typically see a drop in donations during the summer months and this summer has been no different," said Heather Marreel, Director of Recruitment at LifeServe Blood Center.  "However, we still have patients in our hospitals that are depending on blood products for their recovery process.  This is why its important for everyone to donate on a regular schedule—particularly in the summer time."

The blood center has been able to meet the needs of all hospital partners but that can change in a moment's notice.  "The amount of blood products a patient needs can change in a split second," said Marreel.  "Therefore, its our job to be prepared for whatever situation may present itself at any of the hospitals that we serve."

The Siouxland Community Blood Bank joined operations with The Blood Center of Iowa in April, 2010 to become LifeServe Blood Center.  As one of the 15th largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to 87 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.  LifeServe is committed to providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients.  Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years old, should weigh at least 120 pounds and should be in general good health.  For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-798-4208 or visit www.siouxlandbloodbank.org

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