Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Achieves Premier Blood Partner Status From Red Cross

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its Premier Blood Partners for 2018 for the hospital’s support of the community and national blood supply.

Last year, SGCMH helped the Red Cross collect 180 units of blood donations, which potentially saves 540 lives.

As part of its deep-rooted commitment to help save lives in the community, SGCMH and the Red Cross depend on generous donors to battle illness and injury.

“Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is proud to be a part of the Red Cross mission that helps ensure lifesaving blood is available for hospital patients in need,” said Kathy Gerardot, director of laboratory services. “Our organization shares that same humanitarian value to help our neighbor, and we are grateful for the opportunity to host blood drives that will do just that here in our community.”

Every day, volunteer blood and platelet donors across the country are needed to help save lives. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease, according to the Red Cross.

The hospital has five blood drives scheduled for the remainder of 2019: Tuesday, April 2; Thursday, May 30; Wednesday, July 31; Tuesday, October 15; and Thursday, December 19.

All blood drives take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hospital’s Education Conference Room.

Community members are urged to come out and roll up a sleeve for a good cause.

“We encourage the community to join us any or all of the blood drive dates to give the gift of life,” Gerardot said. “The donation process only takes about an hour and can make an enormous difference for a patient battling illness or injury.”

To schedule an appointment to donate blood at SGCMH, visit stegenevievehospital.org or call 800-733-2767.

Donors of all blood types are needed. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors.

(Information in a news release from Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital.)

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