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Hospice Staffers Recognized for Blood Donations

Melisha holding a Leading the Way plaque recognizing Ohio's Hospice of Dayton as a leader in blood donations.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton staff members are not only committed to the patients and families they serve, but are equally committed to the community they serve.

Twice a year staff members roll up their sleeves to take part in blood drives with the Community Blood Center. Blood is life essential, carrying oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body, and moving carbon dioxide and other waste products to the lungs, kidneys and liver for disposal. Blood fights infections and helps heal wounds. 4.5 million Americans receive blood each year, many as the result of life-saving surgery or injury. Through their donations, volunteer blood donors save those lives.

Community Blood Center recently recognized Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton with a Leading the Way plaque in appreciation of the donation drives, which are strategically timed. January and summer months are difficult months to get donors to participate.  When the blood supply was low in 2016, the organization was asked to add a second blood drive. Staff donors have met or exceeded the target donation goal every time.

Pictured left, Human Resources Specialist Melisha Marshall, organizer of the blood donation drives at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, holding the recent award presented by Community Blood Center.

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