202005-01-26 - Columbia VA Health Care System
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Columbia VA Health Care System

 

202005-01-26

May 4, 2020

Columbia VA Health Care System works with the American Red Cross to meet ongoing need for blood donations

Columbia, SC The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on May 8. This is part a nationwide effort by VA medical centers to respond to the ongoing national need for blood during the coronavirus public health emergency.

 

Healthy individuals are encouraged to Share Your Health, Roll Up Your Sleeve Today. Veterans and members of the public wishing to donate blood can visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=SCVeterans to schedule an appointment. Walk-in donation is not available currently.

By leveraging our resources to stem the shortage of vital blood and blood products, we are exercising VA’s “fourth mission” to provide back-up health services to the nation in times of disaster. We are also preparing to be better able to support Veterans who may need blood or blood products in the near term.

The Columbia VA decided to support this effort after determining this action would not negatively impact Veteran care. The blood drive will be staffed and run by the American Red Cross who will provide all furnishings and supplies including masks.

According to federal guidance, blood donors are exempt from “stay at home” orders to participate in this lifesaving activity. The American Red Cross has also implemented additional safety measures including requiring masks and social distancing measures at all blood drives to ensure the safety of donors and staff.

For information on blood donation and donor eligibility visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements.html

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Media: For queries or more information, please email vhacmsdornpa@va.gov or call Columbia VA Public Affairs at (803) 776-4000 extension: 6643 or 6998.