68. Health Beat: Good Shepherd Hosts Community Blood Drive

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Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is hosting a Community Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p. on Wednesday, March 5, in the hospital’s Prairie Room.  According to Good Shepherd hospital, approximately 4.5 million patients need a blood transfusion each year. One out of every seven patients that enter a hospital will need a blood transfusion and 80 percent of Americans will need blood by age 75.

“Every 3 seconds someone in America needs blood. Many people aren’t aware that a single donation can help up to five patients.” says Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital pathologist, Oliver Kim, MD. “The need for blood always exceeds the available supply, so please consider donating.”

Good Shepherd Hospital Community Blood Drive - 10 a.m. to  p.m. on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Good Shepherd Hospital Community Blood Drive – 10 a.m. to p.m. on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Anyone over the age of 16 and more than 110 pounds is able to donate. After donating you will receive a drink, usually high in sugar, and some kind of snack. Since blood is 97% water, it is extremely important to drink a lot of water before and after donating blood.

Contact the Life Source Medical Help Desk with questions at 847.803.7921 or contact your primary care physician.

Good Shepherd Hospital supports local blood drives throughout the year and appointments are recommended, but not required.  To schedule an appointment, contact Life Source at 877.543.3768 or visit LifeSource.org. Save time and complete the questionnaire online the same day prior to donation. Print the bar code when complete, bring to the blood drive and the Life Source staff will scan the answers. Use group code BA04.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 West Highway 22 in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. For the second consecutive year, Good Shepherd has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities.

For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit advocatehealth.com/gshp.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington

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