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New York Blood Center Recognized by Congress

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:47 am    Post subject: New York Blood Center Recognized by Congress
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Press Release Source: New York Blood Center

New York Blood Center Recognized by Congress
Monday November 7, 3:15 pm ET

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted overwhelmingly to recognize New York Blood Center and other U.S. community-based members of America's Blood Centers for their collective role in ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply for more than half of the nation. The community-based blood centers were also recognized for the critical roles they play in national disaster preparedness and response as well as infectious disease research and prevention.

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House Resolution 220, approved by a unanimous vote, is the first congressional recognition for America's Blood Centers and its members. Supporting the bill locally was rep. Elliott Engel (D-NY), Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY), Rep. Major Owens (D-NY), Rep. Bill Pascrell (D- NJ), Rep. Steven Rothman (D-NJ) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).

Need for blood continues

"Blood centers are very often first responders to disasters, as was the case on 9/11 and during the Oklahoma City bombing. But we can't guarantee an adequate supply of blood on hand without enough community blood donors," points out Dr. Robert Jones, President and CEO of New York Blood Center. "Therefore I urge everyone eligible to make donating blood a regular habit in support of their community's health."

Everyday throughout New York and New Jersey close to 2,000 donations are needed to meet the transfusion requirements of patients in close to 200 area hospitals. "I encourage people to give thanks for their own good health as we approach this year's Thanksgiving season by making a blood donation in their community," adds Dr. Jones.

Who Can Help?

Blood donors must be at least age 17 (or 16 in New York State with parents' written permission), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be in good general health and not have donated in the past 56 days. To find the most convenient donor location in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey or the Hudson Valley, call New York Blood Center at 1-800-933-BLOOD or go to http://www.nybloodcenter.org to schedule an appointment online. Groups interested in hosting a blood drive over the holidays or during the winter months are also encouraged to contact New York Blood Center.

New York Blood Center is the nation's largest non-profit, community-based blood center. With the support of five regional recruitment, collection and distribution operations*, New York Blood Center has been providing life-saving blood transfusion products and services to the greater NY/NJ community since 1964. New York Blood Center is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program.

*New York Blood Center's regional operations include:

Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services, which distributes blood products to hospitals in Brooklyn & Staten Island;

Hudson Valley Blood Services, which distributes blood products to hospitals in the Bronx and the lower Hudson Valley;

Long Island Blood Services, which distributes blood products to hospitals in Queens, Nassau & Suffolk;

New Jersey Blood Services, which distributes blood products to hospitals in northern and central New Jersey;

New York Blood Services, which distributes blood products to hospitals in Manhattan.
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