2011 Blood Drive

The WISH Committee (WISH) in conjunction with the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health sponsored a BLOOD DRIVE and HEALTH FAIR on Thursday, February 3 in the JJ Conference Area. The event was held to help raise awareness of heart disease in conjunction with the American Heart Association campaign throughout the month of February to “Go Red for Women”. The American Red Cross was able to screen 135 potential donors and collect 112 pints- exceeding their target goal of 90!  Additionally, health screenings and risk assessments were provided to over 50 participants who attended the Health Fair. Twenty nursing, 3 pharmacy and 2 medical laboratory science students volunteered over 100 hours to check glucose, total cholesterol, BP, BMI and perform health risk assessments throughout the day.  Special thanks go out to Pat Smyth for coordinating advertisement, early registration and student volunteer sign-ups, Norma Tennant for securing funds to purchase screening supplies, Betty Critch and Katie Robinson from the COEWH for helping with planning, advertising, set up and spending the day @ the Health Fair, Jill Krieske and WISH members Susan McCrone, Kerry Harbert and Anne Cronin who volunteered to provide student support at the Health Fair.  This type of activity most closely aligns with a WISH strategic planning priority that charges its members with improving the health status of West Virginians and delivering high quality, effective patient-centered care.
According to American Red Cross spokesperson, Adam Reeves, "Severe winter weather throughout much of the US has caused the cancellation of over 18,000 blood and platelet donations since Jan.1, 2011. In response the American Red Cross issued a nationwide appeal for donors to boost the dwindling supplies. The ARC really appreciates the efforts of the WISH committee, HSC students, faculty and staff that made this such an overwhelming success!"

The success of this activity is a result of hard work by student volunteers, faculty, staff and donors who rolled up their sleeves to lend a hand (or a pint) to help others!