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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - Memorial Health System Blood Drive at Marietta High School a Success

Memorial Health System is proud to have Marietta High School seniors, Justin Warner and Kirsten Godard, as Blood Drive Student Ambassadors. Together they organized an event that featured Brad Bayles, phlebotomist at Marietta Memorial Hospital as the speaker. The topic for the event was intended to educate students and faculty about the process of donating blood and why it’s important to do. The goal was to ease any fears or uneasiness about giving blood. There were also trivia games and prizes at the event for students. This event brought in a 145 percent increase in blood donations compared to their blood drive last year.

“The event lasted from 7 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. with people donating blood non-stop during that time. We’re one of only two hospital based blood banks in Ohio. Eighty to 90 percent of the blood products used at MMH & Selby are drawn locally, which is a tremendous advantage in terms of availability, quality and cost,” said Barb Wolfe, blood bank coordinator for Memorial Health System.

Another blood drive event is in the works for April at Marietta High School. The date and time are TBA.