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GRH staff support blood donation partnership with Canadian Blood Services to benefit patients
 
November 21 2011
 
Grand River Hospital nurse practitioner Donna Gill is making a difference for patients… both through her nursing work and on-going contributions as a blood donor.
 
Donna will make her 50th whole blood donation at Canadian Blood Services’ Waterloo clinic at 94 Bridgeport Road East on Tuesday November 22nd at 7pm.
 
GRH is hosting a donor day at the clinic on Tuesday to celebrate hospital staff, physicians and volunteers who give the gift of life to support area patients. The hospital is part of Canadian Blood Services’ Partners For Life program, which encourages staff to make on-going blood donations.
 
“When I invited my family and friends to join in the donation party, I was amazed that most of them have never given before… but they could readily identify a close family member who had received multiple units of blood, usually for cancer treatment. All they needed was my little push to try it,” said Donna.
 
“In the spirit of the holiday season and the economy being how it is, I‘d encourage people to give the gift of life. It is simple, free and irreplaceable.”
 
Grand River Hospital is a key provider of blood products to patients in paediatrics, critical care, surgery and cancer care. In the hospital’s 2010-2011 fiscal year (April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011), GRH staff provided patients with nearly 1,926 units of plasma, 1,946 units of platelets and 8,025 units of whole blood. Prior to the blood donor day, GRH staff members had contributed 101 units as part of Partners For Life in 2011. The hospital’s goal is 120 units for the year.
 
“We want to thank our staff, physicians and volunteers for their efforts through Partners For Life to give back to the blood supply. We want to encourage our staff and members of the community to keep donating blood. A single donation can help up to three people,” said Malcolm Maxwell, GRH president and CEO.
 
One community member who’s thanking all blood donors in the region is Anne Lavender, whose husband Eric passed away from cancer in October 2010. Anne estimates Eric received over 70 transfusions of blood products throughout his care.
 
“The generosity of blood donors gave Eric an extra 17 precious weeks of life,” she explained. “Blood donation makes a huge difference, and I hope everyone understands how much patients and families appreciate this act of kindness.”
 
Anyone interested in donating blood is encouraged to call Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-DONATE or book an appointment at http://donatenow.blood.ca. Blood donation is simple and virtually painless. Most people can contribute a unit of blood once every eight weeks.
 
For more information, please contact:
Mark Karjaluoto, GRH Director of Communications
(519) 749-4300 extension 2788, pager: (519) 244-3088, mark.karjaluoto@grhosp.on.ca
 
Tara Gutscher, Canadian Blood Services Community Development Coordinator
(519)884-5728, cell: (226)748-4674, tara.gutscher@blood.ca
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