Sharp HealthCare announced Wednesday that more than 1,000 pints of blood were donated by employees and their family members during a series of collection drives for the San Diego Blood Bank.
The blood drive began last January as part of the healthcare organization’s Sharp Lends a Hand volunteer program. Sharp encouraged employees and their families to donate blood both at Sharp locations and any San Diego Blood Bank donation center. Sharp held 35 blood drives at nine of its locations and reached the 1,000-pint goal on Aug. 2, much earlier than anticipated.
“We are proud to partner with Sharp HealthCare to ensure our community’s blood supply meets the needs of local patients — our friends, our family members, our neighbors,” said Dr. David Wellis, the blood bank’s CEO.
Sharp hospitals use about 30,000 units of blood and blood products a year, according to the blood bank. The blood bank provides the majority of blood products Sharp uses across San Diego County.
“We launched this drive because we know firsthand that donating blood is indeed the gift of life that directly benefits the community we serve,” said Sharp Executive Vice President Dan Gross. “We are incredibly grateful to all those who took the time to give of themselves to give life to others.”
–City News Service
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