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Baystate Noble Hospital to Host Mobile Blood Donation Team on July 8

WESTFIELD — According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Blood is essential to help patients survive surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Unfortunately, the need for blood doesn’t take a summer break.

The Baystate Health blood-donation team will host a blood drive on the third floor of Baystate Noble Hospital on Monday, July 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“When you donate blood to Baystate Health, your precious gift remains in our local communities,” said Nicole VanZandt, supervisor of BRL Blood Donor Services. “Blood inventory takes an immense hit during the summer months due to the increased number of traumas, so please help us ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is available by donating blood with the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program.”

Blood donations, including the interview, donation, and refreshments, take approximately one hour to complete. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo ID, be in good health (no colds, or sore throat), and have not donated blood within the past eight weeks. In appreciation, all eligible donors will receive a $10 gift card.

For more information or to book an appointment to donate blood, call the Blood Donor Center at (413) 794-4600. Be sure to note Baystate Noble Hospital as the donation location when making the appointment.