Heading into the official start of summer, health care officials in Tomah are asking the public to help prepare for an increased need for blood.
“The summer kick-off of the Memorial Day weekend places unmeasurable stress on the blood supply. Increased travel and summer break often lead to higher blood usage,” said Versiti Blood Center account representative Emalea Cogdill. “Tragic events or a large crisis would lead to a spike in blood usage.”
To help meet the need, Tomah Health and Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin are holding a two-day blood drive May 24 & 25 from noon – 5 p.m. at Tomah’s Recreation Park, 1625 Butts Ave., Tomah.
“Versiti and Tomah Health partner to make sure that we are ready for these events as well as routine blood use by hosting blood drives every nine weeks,” Cogdill said. “At this time, the blood that we have on the shelves makes all of the difference.”
Versiti is the sole supplier of blood to nearly 50 hospitals in Wisconsin including Tomah Health. Cogdill said Versiti needs on average 10,500 donors per week across the organization to maintain a three-day supply of lifesaving blood.
The drives will be held at Tomah’s Recreation Park due to continued COVID visitor restrictions at Tomah Health. “We continue to thank Tomah Parks & Recreation director Joe Protz and his staff for use of Recreation Park for our drives,” Tomah Health marketing & public relations director Eric Prise said.
All donors will recieve 4 tickets to Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells!
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 our May 24 drive, CLICK HERE
To Register for our May 25 drive, CLICK HERE
Thanks for your support!