Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Health Department Hosts Blood Drive

As a physician, I am keenly aware of the importance of maintaining a well supplied blood bank. Everyday here in Baltimore and across the world, lives are saved by donated blood. For this reason, donated blood is worth its weight in gold – and then some.

So to waste a single drop is unthinkable.

Recently, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced the Maryland Blood Wastage Collaborative, an innovative solution for reducing blood waste throughout the state by improving institutional coordination to ensure no blood inventories are allowed to expire. This supports not just individual health, but public health as well.

The Mayor and I encourage our neighborhood leaders to consider hosting a community blood drive and encouraging others to donate through word of mouth, community or church newsletter articles, and other available means.

Today, the Health Department is hosting a blood drive at
1001 E. Fayette Street
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open to the public and walk-ins are accepted. If you live or work nearby, I encourage you to stop in and make a donation. Donors will receive a “Be Extraordinary” T-shirt from the Red Cross.

Ultimately, the decision to donate is up to you. Help us help those in need by giving blood.

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