Local blood for local people

SARANAC LAKE - Adirondack Medical Center's second blood drive of 2010 is being held Thursday, April 15 in the Redfield Board Room at AMC in Saranac Lake from noon to 5 p.m. While the blood drive has a goal of 38 units, AMC is challenging the community and its employees to knock that number right out of the Park.

AMC relies almost entirely on blood collected locally by the North Country Regional Blood Center (a service of CVPH) to fill its own medical needs - surgeries, infusions, and attending to injuries. Donating is quick and virtually painless. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to donate. The donor staff has a combined total of over 20 years experience, and especially welcomes new donors. Statistics show that of all the people eligible to donate - just less than 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible - less than 10 percent actually do. If you're eligible, now is the time to give.

The need for blood doesn't take a Spring Break. Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors. Plan now to stop at your convenience on Thursday, April 15 between noon and 5 p.m. in the Redfield Board Room at AMC in Saranac Lake. People wanting to reserve a time slot can do so by calling Sue in the Lab at 897-2359 or e-mail sdwyer@amccares.org.

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