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Every Two Seconds, Someone Needs Blood

Every Two Seconds, Someone Needs Blood

OMC and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive February 23

Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will host a blood drive Friday, February 23, from noon until 6 p.m., at the Willard Hunter Classroom in the OMC Parkway Center.

Beginning in February, blood donations will get a little easier, thanks to a new automated donor questionnaire. CBCO will implement a new computer system, and donors will experience improved steps for blood donation. To take advantage of QuickPass, visit www.cbco.org the day of your blood drive, and find the link that will start the process.

“We are encouraging everyone to give. The entire process will only take about an hour. It is amazing that with just a short time out of your day, you can help save a life,” said Joan Hanff, OMC Lab Services Director. “And now with Community Blood Center of the Ozarks starting a QuickPass program, this may even cut down on more time.”

Consider making a difference by donating blood at the next blood drive. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. About 44,000 pints of blood are needed in the U.S. every day. Almost everyone will know someone in their lifetime who has had the need for blood. Only 38% of the population is eligible to donate, but only about 8% of those who are eligible actually donate.

For more information, visit www.cbco.org, or call the OMC Public Relations Department at 417-257-6735.

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