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Local hospitals do not receive blood collected by the American Red Cross

August 28, 2003

Dear Editor:

I have seen several announcements in The Advocate-Messenger recently concerning local blood drives sponsored by the American Red Cross. While I agree that the American Red Cross is a fine organization and that we are lucky to have an office here in Danville to assist our citizens with disaster relief when necessary, I am left wondering if people in the community know about the process by which sick and injured people in our area receive blood when a transfusion is necessary.

Any patient receiving a blood transfusion from local hospitals, including Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) and hospitals in Lexington, will receive blood collected from donors at Central Kentucky Blood Center, not from the American Red Cross. Blood collected from any American Red Cross blood drive will most likely be returned to Louisville for processing and distribution. Local hospitals do not receive blood from the American Red Cross.

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There have been times when the blood supply at EMRMC has been low. We depend on the generosity of donors at Central Kentucky Blood Center to assure our blood supply. When donors give at American Red Cross blood drives, our community does not benefit where our blood supply is concerned.

Please make the community aware that we truly depend on them to donate blood at Central Kentucky Blood Center. Our blood supply depends on it.

John Ansorge

Vice President

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center

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