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January 21, 2008 - Marietta Resident Makes Blood Donation a Part of His Life



(Marietta, OH, January 21, 2008) - Every day in our country, approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims. For blood donor Jay Warren, giving blood is the simplest thing that someone can do to save a life.

"People would be surprised to know how easy it is to give blood," says Warren, 49, of Marietta. "There's nothing to it! I started donating over 20 years ago and I donate about every 60 days or so."

January is National Blood Donor Month. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. Shortages occur because only 5 percent of the population donates on a regular basis, so during the winter months this percentage will decrease as well.

Marietta Memorial Hospital runs one of only two independent blood banks in the state of Ohio. MMH draws, processes and transfuses the units of blood collected; meaning donated blood stays right here in our community.

"I attended an informational banquet several years ago that spoke about MMH's blood bank," says Warren. "I found it to be interesting that MMH is one of the few hospitals in Ohio that have their own blood bank."

There can be incidences when a hospital will call a donor to make a donation, based on the donor's blood type. Donors like Warren who have an O Negative blood type are always in high demand. All of the four main blood types can receive O Negative red blood cells. That is why O Negative blood is used in emergencies when there is no time to determine the blood type of the patient.

"A few years ago I would donate at the hospital, but now I donate at one of MMH's donor sites," explained Warren. "I receive a card in the mail to remind me of when to go and I follow through. There are times that, in an emergency situation, I will receive a call and go directly to the hospital."

If you are at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and meet other donor requirements, you may be eligible to donate blood. Anyone interested in making a blood donation can make an appointment at Marietta Memorial Hospital's Blood Bank by calling (740) 374-1432 or by visiting the Blood Mobile at one of our local blood drives. Dates and locations of the blood mobile are listed on Marietta Memorial Hospital's web site at www.mmhospital.org. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring a blood drive, please contact Cindy Hart at (740) 374-1634.

"The employees at MMH are very nice," said Warren. You can't ask for better assistance, they always make you feel at ease."

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