> STARKVILLE— OCH Regional Medical Center prides itself on being rooted in its community. Now it has branched out to embrace Mississippi’s only blood center headquartered in the state. Mississippi Blood Services (MBS) and OCH Regional Medical Center are teaming up together to help Mississippi patients in Starkville and its surrounding community. MBS will now be providing OCH with blood products for those patients needing red cells, platelets and/or plasma.
> “We look forward to serving OCH Regional Medical Center and working with them in the Starkville community,” Todd Sing, MBS Vice President of Donor Systems, said. “We’ve had a good relationship with donors in this area and at Mississippi State University. Now we feel like we’ll be able to give back even more to this community who has given us so much in the past.”
> OCH Regional sees an estimated 30,000 ER patients a year, offers a varied array of surgical procedures including full joint replacement surgeries, and has a full service maternity ward. While many of the patients who come into OCH Regional will not need blood, it’s good to know it’s there when it is needed, because patients needing blood often do not have the luxury of time. MBS is committed to ensuring that the blood its hospital partners require is available when their patients are depending on it.
> As part of the new partnership, OCH Regional will be holding its first blood drive with MBS on Wednesday, May 11, from 12 – 6 p.m. The MBS Donor Coach will be in the main parking lot adjacent to the Wellness Center. Donors will receive a T-shirt and can check their overall cholesterol number on their MBSConnect Account.
> Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed parental consent, visit our Web site for a copy of the form), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID.
> The mission at Mississippi Blood Services is to collect, process, and distribute safe blood components, and offer related services for our hospitals and other medical facilities, and to provide competitive advantages in the areas of customer satisfaction, quality, and services, while remaining responsive to the needs of the community, donors and employees.
> The AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) estimates over 95 percent of the U.S. population needs blood at some point in their lives and that every two seconds, someone needs blood. These individuals are as varied as the population and their needs cover a vast array of reasons but among them are trauma patients, surgery patients and even maternity patients.
> Visit us at msblood.com or call us at (888) 90-BLOOD (902-5663) for information. Download the free MBS app on your smartphone or tablet and keep up with MBS drives and events in your area. You can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/give2live and follow MSbloodservices on Twitter. #Give1Save3.