Tomah Health and Versiti Blood Center officials are asking area residents to help with a serious need for blood heading into the the summer.
“Blood donations at the end of May will help to replenish the supply after the Memorial Day weekend so patients receive the blood they need when they need it,” said Versiti Blood Center account representative Emalea Cogdill.
To help meet the need, Tomah Health and Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin are holding a two-day blood drive May 31 and June 1 from noon – 5 p.m. at Tomah’s Recreation Park, 1625 Butts Ave., Tomah.
To donate blood, a person must be in good health, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and have photo identification. Sixteen-year-olds may also donate with parental consent. While the process for whole blood donation usually takes about one hour, the blood collection itself is usually about 10 minutes.
To Register for the May 31 drive, CLICK HERE
To Register for the June 1 drive, CLICK HERE
“Every blood drive is focused on making sure that we are providing enough blood products to our hospital partners. Patients and their loved ones are relying on selfless donors to assure they can have the best quality of life,” said Cogdill. “Blood cannot be manufactured, has a shelf life, and can only be used to treat patients when donated through blood drives and donation centers.”
Versiti Blood Center is the sole blood supplier to over 50 hospital systems in Wisconsin including Tomah Health, the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center and numerous other hospitals in the Coulee Region.