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Pushmataha Hospital to host blood drive

March 15, 2012

The Oklahoma Blood Institute and Pushmataha Hospital in Antlers are partnering in a blood drive from 12-Noon until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. All healthy adults, and 16 and older, are encouraged to donate at the hospital in the Multipurpose room. All blood doners will receive a donor T-shirt, free health screening and donor reward points.

Additionally, if blood donors choose to forgo the donor appreciation item, funds designated for this item will be directed to our partnering organization, The American Heart Association. OBI and the American Heart Association share a common goal, to keep people healthy. The American Heart Association wants everyone to know their are numbers and act on them. That’s the first step in changing cardiovascular health statistics. Because blood donors receive a mini health check, including blood pressure and cholesterol results, every time they come to donate, those numbers are readily available to each donor.

“This month, especially with spring break, fewer people typically donate, said John Armitage, OBI President and CEO. “But the blood needs for patients in our local hospitals remains.

Blood donations can be made every 56 days. OBI is the 9th largest, non-profit blood center in America, providing every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 135 medical facilities across Oklahoma.

For more information about OBI or to make an appointment, contact Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visit us at www.obi.org. Sixteen year-olds must weigh at least 125 lbs and provide signed parental permission, 17 year-olds must weigh at least 125 lbs, and 18 year-olds and up must weigh at least 110 lbs.

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