Aurora, Ill. – June 11, 2018 – The summer season is critical to blood donation and helping patients in need, particularly in a time when unexpected tragedies are occurring more frequently. On Thursday, June 14, Heartland Blood Centers, part of Versiti, is joining healthcare organizations around the globe to celebrate World Blood Donor Day – as designated by the World Health Organization to salute the altruism of volunteer blood donors.
This year holds special significance as we reflect on the generosity of donors who helped to save the lives of many victims of violence at our nation’s schools, as well as those who so generously donate to help patients in need on a regular basis.
“The selfless generosity of blood donors makes a life-saving impact on trauma patients, adults and children fighting cancer, premature babies and those battling blood diseases,” says Heartland Blood Centers Medical Director and Site Lead Alex Carterson, M.D., Ph.D. “On World Blood Donor Day, we thank blood donors for their commitment and caring. I also strongly encourage the community during this critical time of the year to give the gift of life through blood donation. Patients count on donors every day, not only in times of tragedy.”
As the blood products supplier to 71 hospitals in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Heartland is thanking blood donors for their generosity, and raising awareness for the ongoing need for blood donations in the summer months to ensure the availability of blood products for patients in our community and beyond.
While nearly 80,000 people donate blood with Heartland each year, blood donations tend to decline during summer because of vacations and additional family commitments. The season often brings higher numbers of accidents and emergency situations – and recent natural disasters and tragedies highlight the critical need for life-saving blood of all types, especially type O negative which can be safely given to all patients.
Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or visit versiti.org/Illinois.
About Heartland Blood Centers
Heartland Blood Centers, part of Versiti, is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Aurora, Ill., that specializes in blood products and services and provides expert medical and technical support. Founded in 1943, Heartland is the oldest blood center in Illinois and serves patients at 71 hospitals in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Heartland operates 13 donor centers throughout the state and conducts nearly 2,200 blood drives annually at area hospitals, churches, businesses, schools and community centers. To learn more, visit versiti.org.