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Beaufort Memorial, OneBlood celebrate 20-year partnership with blood drives

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From staff reports

Get on the Big Red Bus and help save lives at the 20-year anniversary of a partnership between Beaufort Memorial Hospital and OneBlood. All eligible donors are welcome to join a series of special blood drives at Beaufort Memorial locations December 12 through 15.

“As the sole provider of blood for patients at Beaufort Memorial, OneBlood has been a very valuable partner for our hospital and our community,” said Dr. Brad Collins, board-certified pathologist and medical director for laboratory services. “Twenty years ago, we faced a critical need for a reliable, consistent blood supply and through the extraordinary efforts of community leaders, OneBlood, blood donors, hospital administrators and others, we were able to make it a reality that continues to benefit us all today.”

OneBlood’s signature Big Red Bus is a staple in the community, as is their donor center located on Boundary Street in Beaufort. Thousands of donations have been collected over the years locally. Each donation helping give others a second chance at life.

“OneBlood’s partnership with Beaufort Memorial is truly a lifesaving mission,” OneBlood Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations Susan Forbes,.“OneBlood operates around the clock to make sure blood is available when and where it is needed. It’s a team effort to save lives and our hero blood donors are a crucial part of the team. Each donation helps ensure a ready blood supply for our hospital partners and their patients.”

Blood drives will be held on the following dates and locations:

– 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, 955 Ribaut Road

– 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, Beaufort Memorial Medical & Administrative Center, 990 Ribaut Road

– 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, Lowcountry Medical Group,300 Midtown Drive

– 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15, Okatie Medical Pavilion, 122 Okatie Center Boulevard North

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. Each donor will receive a OneBlood plush blanket; $20 eGift card; and, a wellness checkup, including blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.

To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org.

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