Northwestern plans record-breaking blood drive

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Northwestern plans record-breaking blood drive

February 6, 2009

Healthy students, employees and community members, 17 and older, are encouraged to donate blood at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid on Tuesday, Feb. 17, or at Northwestern-Alva on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and Thursday, Feb. 19.

Donations at the Enid campus can be made in the Board Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and in Alva from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom.

Students, faculty and administrative staff are attempting to break the university’s 402 donor record, after coming very close in the last blood drive with around 375 donors. In order to reach the goal, approximately 425 individuals need to donate.

“Northwestern’s blood drives are truly exceptional,” said John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and chief executive.

“This university’s blood donation rivals campuses more than 10 times its size. We appreciate Northwestern for setting the bar high, and providing tremendous support for the blood needs of Oklahomans.”

Along with a free health screening and Members for Life points to redeem at OBI’s online store, donors also will receive a rockin’ “donor hero” t-shirt and free sandwiches.

OBI also will be providing diabetes testing to all donors. This test shows if an individual has had a higher than normal blood sugar level over the prior three to four weeks, indicating the need for further evaluation by a family physician.

“We also are looking for volunteers to assist with the blood drive,” Denise Bay, special events coordinator, said.

“Students who volunteer can possibly receive credit for their time,” Bay said. “Volunteers are important and without their help the blood drive would not be able to run as smoothly as it does.”

Donations take about an hour and can be made every 56 days. OBI provides every drop of blood used by Integris Bass Baptist Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Enid and Share Medical Center in Alva, as well as most other hospitals statewide.
On the Alva campus contact Bay at dhbay@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8178 to volunteer for this event or for questions regarding the blood drive. For questions about the blood drive at Northwestern-Enid, contact Lori Coonrod, student services coordinator, at lacoonrod@nwosu.edu or (580) 213-3147.
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