The importance of blood donations cannot be overstated, and in fact, every two seconds of every day, someone is in need of blood. To help address this need, Adventist Health System continued its partnership with OneBlood by hosting a series of blood drives in 2016.
Adventist Health System held a total of four blood drives at its corporate office – in February, May, August and November – enabling employees to easily and conveniently make life-saving blood donations while at work. As a result, 177 units of much-needed blood were collected throughout the year, which is estimated to save 488 lives.
"As an organization, we look for ways to help fill needs and be an even greater asset in the communities we serve, and working with OneBlood is one way we try to do that," said Christine Stewart, vice president of corporate communications and community relations for Adventist Health System. "Knowing that donations made by our employees during these blood drives will help save lives is truly gratifying and exemplifies our mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ at work."
Blood donations play a vital role in health care, and according to OneBlood, one in three people will need a blood transfusion. Donations are commonly used to help patients being treated for cancer, those with inherited blood disorders and those undergoing cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeries. The need is amplified by the fact that though 37 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, only about five percent does.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients throughout most of Florida, parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The organization distributes nearly one million blood products annually, operates more than 80 donor centers and deploys nearly 200 of its signature Big Red Buses throughout its service area for blood drives.
The partnership with OneBlood is part of Adventist Health System's community involvement program, which encourages and enables AHS's workforce to participate in difference-making opportunities that benefit those in the community. Year-round, community involvement opportunities through the program allow AHS employees to contribute to food and supply drives, volunteer with area school children, participate in highway clean-up activities and donate to the United Way.