Dearborn County Hospital’s next
blood drive, in association with the Hoxworth Blood
Center of Cincinnati, will be on Thursday, September 6,
from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the conference rooms of
the hospital, 600 Wilson Creek Road, Lawrenceburg.
“Local blood donors ensure that
patients at 31 area hospitals receive the lifesaving
blood products they need to survive,” stated Alecia
Lipton, Hoxworth spokesperson. “Community blood drives
are vitally important and we hope to see a good turnout
at the DCH Blood Drive.”
“Hoxworth’s motto is ‘Our donors
save lives. Who will you save?’” added Melinda Ping,
R.N., DCH Employee Health Nurse. “The Hoxworth Blood
Center requires 350 units of whole blood and 40 units of
A donor must be 17 years of age or
older (16 years of age with the appropriate signed
parental consent form) and weigh at least 110 pounds.
Donors must wait a minimum of eight weeks between blood
donations. Women who are pregnant may not donate.
Persons who have tested HIV
positive, injected themselves with illegal drugs or who
participate in high risk behavior are prohibited from
donating. Individuals who had viral hepatitis after age
11 or a hepatitis B or hepatitis C virus infection at
any age also are disqualified from donating. Cancer and
malaria survivors, persons who had a heart attack and
those with heart disease should phone Hoxworth for
information regarding allowances for donating.
Blood donors should eat a
well-balanced meal within four hours prior to donating
and should drink plenty of water. They must bring a
form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license
or employee badge, with them to the drive.
Donors can maximize their donation
by giving “Double Reds.” The process of Automated Red
Cell Collection is designed to make the most of
donations. Please call the Hoxworth Nursing Department
at (800) 265-1515, ext. 81304, for additional
information on donating Double Reds.
An appointment takes approximately
45 minutes for a whole blood donation and an additional
20 minutes for an Automated Red Cell Collection.
Also, a free total cholesterol
screening is available to donors. Individual screening
results will be available a few days after the blood
drive by calling (800) 265-1515, ext. 81188.
Individuals donating at a Hoxworth
blood drive sponsored by a business or community
organization (except a high school) or at a neighborhood
donor center may also give on behalf of DCH by writing
“Dearborn County Hospital” in the group code area and/or
by informing the registrar. This ensures the donation
will go to help meet the hospital’s goal. The
sponsoring organization will also receive credit for the
Donor centers located in the
Greater Cincinnati area are: Anderson Township, Five
Mile Center, 7715 Five Mile Road; Blue Ash, 9708 Kenwood
Road; Downtown, Tri-State Building, 432 Walnut Street,
Suite 208; Fort Mitchell, Fort Mitchell Station Shopping
Center, 2220 Grandview Drive, Suite 140; Mason,
Governor’s Pointe Shopping Center, 9554 South
Mason-Montgomery Road; Tri-County, Wimbledon Plaza,
11812 Springfield Pike; University of Cincinnati,
Hoxworth Center Building, 3130 Highland Avenue, fourth
floor; and Western Hills, Anderson Ferry Plaza, 2041
Anderson Ferry Road.
For more information on donating
blood, visit the Hoxworth website at
To schedule an appointment to
donate at Dearborn County Hospital’s September blood
drive, please call the DCH Education Department at (812)
537-8431 or (800) 676-5572, ext. 8431. A 24-hour voice
mail system is available to take your message. Walk-ins
are always welcome but they may need to plan additional
time for their visit. Hoxworth requests that children
age 5 and under do not attend the blood drive.