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Reading Hospital Hosting Blood Drive To Address Critical Shortage in the Community

By Reading Hospital, Tower Health

Oct 25, 2021

Local Blood Bank Inventory Dangerously Low   

West Reading, PA. – On Thursday, October 28, Reading Hospital will host a blood drive for Miller-Keystone Blood Center. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and all 41 appointments have been filled. Miller-Keystone, and blood centers across the US, continue to face critical shortages due to increased demand and decrease in donors because of the pandemic. Individuals interested in donating can schedule appointments at or by calling 1-800-B-A-DONOR. Each pint of blood donated has the potential of saving up to three lives.

“Miller Keystone Blood Center is the primary blood supplier for Reading Hospital, and we thank them for their ongoing efforts,” said Therese Sucher, Interim President and CEO at Reading Hospital and Tower Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “I’d also like to thank our team members who made an appointment to make the selfless donation to help save the lives of the patients in our communities. Blood donations are essential for our critically ill and injured patients. During the month of September Reading Hospital transfused 645 units of blood, 152 units of plasma, and 83 units of platelets.”

Rami Nemeh, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Miller-Keystone Blood Center added, “Miller- Keystone Blood Center supports 28 hospitals in the region and currently only has between one and two days of inventory that can be quickly decimated with one major trauma. Approximately 450 blood donors are needed every day to meet the demand of local hospitals to treat accident victims, premature babies, cancer patients, and others. Each day in the United States 43,000 units of blood is used.”

To be eligible to donate blood you must be 16 years of age or older and weight a minimum of 110 pounds. If you have additional questions regarding donation eligibility click here or contact Miller-Keystone at 1-800-B-A-DONOR.

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