Outstanding donors receive honors from Scott & White Blood Center

- Individuals and businesses show continuous support -

CENTRAL TEXAS, Texas – Individual donors and area businesses were honored by the Scott & White Blood Center on Thursday evening, January 26, 2012, for consistently helping to supply life-saving blood and platelets over the past year. A total of 713 individuals and businesses were on the invitation list, and almost 550 attended, to be recognized for their donations which benefited patients at Scott & White hospitals throughout Texas.

This annual Blood Donor Appreciation Banquet, this year held at the Frank Mayborn Convention Center in Temple, is the opportunity for the Scott & White Blood Center to announce and recognize three levels of donors – bronze, silver and gold – representing donors from all over Texas who have given whole blood at least five times, or platelets at least 10 times, during 2011.

A single blood donor can give a maximum of seven times in any 12 months. This year, 72 donors took home gold awards and certificates for donating whole blood that maximum of seven times in a calendar year.

"Several years ago, we only had a handful of people in that category," said Blood Donor Recruitment Manager Regina Phinney. Each year the number has increased.

While the motivation to donate blood varies, Phinney said the majority of donors give because they have a genuine desire to help others. "Many of our donors give because they have been personally touched by needing blood. Some of our donors are recipients themselves or they have experienced a family tragedy that made them aware of the on-going need for blood."

The rules that guide the time between donations; every 56 days, make the seven-time-per-year donor a rarity.

"To be a gold-level donor, you have to give blood in January and not miss any dates during the year," Phinney said. "It’s an amazing accomplishment."

In addition to individual donors, the Blood Center recognized Central Texas organizations that have shown support at the highest level. Sun City in Georgetown was recognized as the most supportive community. Ellison High School in Killeen, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale, Central Texas Telephone Cooperative in Goldthwaite, and Sprint Nextel in Temple were recognized as the top school, church and business donors.

Texas State University School of Nursing in Round Rock was honored as having the most outstanding first-time blood drive; Scott & White West Campus in Temple was recognized for having the most improved blood drive; and the Scott & White Healthcare-Round Rock was honored for hosting the most outstanding Scott & White blood drive. Texas A&M University blood drives (sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega) in College Station received the honor of having the top college blood drives in 2011.

Mamie McRavin of Harker Heights High School in Killeen, and Lancey Rodriguez of Scott & White Bryan/College Station clinic were honored as the outstanding blood drive coordinators. Blood center recruiters nominated the two based on their special dedication to each of the regular blood drives in their areas.

"In 2011, approximately 65 percent of our donations were collected in the mobile units," Phinney said. "Our community has an incredible and continuous need, and we are fortunate to have so many individuals and groups who repeatedly rally around this effort. As more patients come to Scott & White Healthcare, the need for blood will continue to increase substantially, so we encourage everyone to continue donating on a regular basis."

The Scott & White Blood Center collected approximately 15,000 pints of whole blood last year and 1,500 units of platelets, which was still short of the projected patient need. Scott & White Blood Center supplies blood products for Scott & White hospitals including the Scott & White Hospital - Temple, the Children’s Hospital - Scott & White in Temple, and Scott & White Hospital - Round Rock.

Scott & White Blood Center is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, College of American Pathologists, and licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

For more information about becoming a blood donor or hosting a blood drive, call 877-724-HERO (4376) or visit our website at http://bloodcenter.sw.org

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For more information, contact:

Scott Clark
Media and Public Relations
Scott & White Healthcare

January 27, 2012

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