MURRAY-CALLOWAY COUNTY HOSPITAL’S BLOOD DONOR CENTER RECOGNIZES NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH

Posted 01/07/2016

Blood Donor Month

Pictured left to right:  Chad Barber of Sedalia, 2nd time Blood Donor shown with Janet Valadez, Blood Donor Recruiter.


This January, Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s (MCCH) Blood Donor Center recognizes National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the lifesaving contribution of blood and platelet donors.

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. During the winter months, inclement weather often results in cancelled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses like the flu may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital has one of only two hospital-based blood banks in the state of Kentucky, which means the blood you donate here, stays here.

By donating blood with a donor group or an individual donation, you are helping children, adults, accident victims, those undergoing surgery and possibly even a family member, co-worker or friend.

Blood Facts:

- On any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed for patients in the US
- One in 10 people entering a hospital need blood
- Approximately 38% of the population is eligible to donate
- There is no substitute for human blood
- The average adult body contains 10-12 pints of blood

Giving blood is safe, easy, fast and saves lives. The process takes five to 10 minutes and afterwards you relax with refreshments. The entire process takes less than one hour.

For more information on how you can donate to the Blood Donor Center at MCCH or to schedule an appointment, call 270.762.1119.

Donation Hours: MCCH Blood Donor Center – located in the Medical Arts Building – East Wing, Monday-Thursday – 7 am – 5 pm