National Blood Donor Month

Janet Valadez, Murray-Calloway County Hospital blood donor recruiter for nine years and lab assistant, left, is pictured with blood donor Jerrica Bradley.

MURRAY  In January, Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Blood Donor Center recognized National Blood Donor Month and the lifesaving contribution of blood and platelet donors. 

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. 

Murray-Calloway County Hospital has one of only two hospital-based blood banks in the state of Kentucky, which means the blood you donate here, stays here.

“We’re still in need for all blood types and want to remind the community that all of the blood we collect stays right here for patients at our hospital,” said Janet Valadez, blood donor recruiter at MCCH.

By donating blood with a donor group or an individual donation, you are helping children, adults, accident victims, those undergoing surgery and possibly even a family member, co-worker or friend.

Blood facts:

- On any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed for patients in the US

- One in 10 people entering a hospital need blood

- Approximately 38% of the population is eligible to donate

- There is no substitute for human blood

- The average adult body contains 10-12 pints of blood

Giving blood is safe, easy, fast and saves lives. The process takes five to 10 minutes and afterwards you relax with refreshments. The entire process takes less than one hour. 

For more information on how to donate to the Blood Donor Center at MCCH or to schedule an appointment, call 270-762-1119. Each blood donor receives a Blood Donor Center T-shirt.

Donation hours: MCCH Blood Donor Center – located in the Medical Arts Building – East Wing

Monday-Thursday – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.