News

July 12, 2012

Maury Regional Medical Center recognized by American Red Cross

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The American Red Cross (ARC) has recognized Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) for its support of blood drives in 2011 with the Gold Level Recognition in the ARC Champions for Life program.

According to the ARC, MRMC was number one out of seven health care facilities, the best in 84 counties and four states, resulting in this recognition. MRMC employees, medical staff and volunteers donated 244 units of blood on a goal of 221 during four blood drives last year. Because each pint has the potential to reach up to three people, almost 732 patients may have benefited from these efforts.

CEO Robert Otwell accepted a plaque from ARC representatives during a blood drive held at MRMC on June 19 and Champion Donors who donated blood more than one time in 2011 received commemorative pins.

The Champions for Life health care 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 MRMC.   

 

To find information about a blood drive in your area, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.