New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter hosts com­mu­nity blood drive

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New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter will host a blood drive in LifeSouth’s Blood Mo­bile on Thurs­day, July 17 from noon un­til 6 p.m. Each donor will re­ceive a LifeSouth T-shirt and snacks. All blood types are needed.

With the slo­gan, “Do Some­thing Amaz­ing, Give Blood,” LifeSouth Com­mu­nity Blood Cen­ters is a com­mu­nity blood sup­plier for lo­cal hos­pi­tals in Florida, Ge­or­gia and Alabama, in­clud­ing New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Each year, nearly five mil­lion Amer­i­cans need a blood trans­fu­sion. To meet that re­spon­si­bil­ity, LifeSouth col­lects 300,000 blood do­na­tions a year. That’s 836 donors a day. With 31 donor cen­ters, 39 blood­mo­biles and over 1,000 blood drives a month, the LifeSouth team is com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure the blood is there when you or your fam­ily mem­ber is in need.

New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter is proud to work with LifeSouth to co­or­di­nate the com­mu­nity Blood Drive.

LifeSouth does a great job get­ting people in and out quickly when giv­ing blood. “Cur­rently we have a big need for blood, please do­nate,” said Lab­o­ra­tory Man­ager Deb­bie Tuten.

Each do­na­tion saves three lives and ev­ery donor will re­ceive free snacks, a choles­terol screen­ing and a LifeSouth T-shirt. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 year olds may do­nate with writ­ten parental per­mis­sion), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in gen­eral good health. Re­mem­ber to bring a photo ID and prior to your do­na­tion, drink ex­tra caf­feine-free flu­ids, eat a good meal and get plenty of sleep the night be­fore. Also, re­frain from in­tense ex­er­cise or heavy lift­ing af­ter giv­ing blood.

New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s blood drive is open to the en­tire com­mu­nity. Any­one wish­ing to do­nate blood is rec­om­mended to call ahead and sched­ule a time, while walk-ins will be wel­comed the day of the Blood Drive. To sched­ule your ap­point­ment, please call Hu­man Re­sources at 770-385-4363.

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