RMH: Blood donors needed

Edited by Chris Graham

The need for blood donors is great in the summer, when regular donors may be on vacation and accidents and elective surgeries often increase, according to Jane Armstrong, coordinator of the RMH Blood Donor Center.

“Actually, the need for donors never decreases,” Armstrong said. “There’s an ongoing need to draw donors daily. All year round, our patients rely on us to supply the blood they need.”

Although the hospital recently moved to its new location at 2010 Health Campus Drive, the RMH Blood Center, operated by Virginia Blood Services, remains in the same location—on the third floor of the RMH Grace Street building (formerly the RMH Outpatient Center). Hours of operation are:

· Monday-Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
· Thursday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Through the RMH Blood Center, Virginia Blood Services supplies virtually all the blood products used by patients at RMH, including those undergoing chemotherapy. Donors can schedule an appointment by calling the RMH Blood Donor Center at 433-4298 or 800-543-2201, ext. 4298. Walk-ins are accepted as time and space allow.

For more information about the RMH Blood Donor Center, go to www.rmhonline.com and click on the “RMH Services” link.

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