Thursday, January 9, 2003

Hoxworth opens donor center



By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FORT THOMAS - More than 20 people did their part to boost blood supplies for Tristate hospitals when Hoxworth Blood Center opened its eighth neighborhood donor center Wednesday in the Fort Thomas Plaza.

HOW TO DONATE
Who can donate: Donors must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be able to provide identification. Blood donors should eat a good meal within four hours of donating.
Where: Hoxworth has eight neighborhood blood donor centers and a fleet of bloodmobiles for blood drives at churches, schools, and community events.
How long: The entire process, including free refreshments to replace the fluid lost through the donation, takes about 25 to 30 minutes.
When: Hours vary from center to center. Visit www.hoxworth.org to find a center and its hours, or call (513) 451-0910.
"We have a very large donor base in the Fort Thomas area," said Michael Anderson, a spokesman for Hoxworth Blood Center. "For years, we've done blood drives at St. Luke Hospital East, which is just down the street, but we'd outgrown the facility. That's why we decided to open another neighborhood (blood donor) center."

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Hoxworth and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and a reception at the Fort Thomas center.

The 4,000-square-foot center at 90 Alexandria Pike joins neighborhood blood centers in Fort Mitchell, Western Hills, Tri-County, Blue Ash, Anderson Township, Corryville and downtown Cincinnati, Mr. Anderson said. It will serve the Fort Thomas, Dayton, Bellevue, Newport and Alexandria areas, which have 3,016 registered donors.

Hoxworth, which serves 14 counties in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, provides virtually all of the blood used for patient care at 24 Tristate hospitals. Each day, Hoxworth needs to collect blood from 325 volunteer donors.

As in past years, Tristate blood donations dropped by more than 50 percent during the recent holiday season, Mr. Anderson said.

"Starting about the second week in December, we see a real drop-off in walk-in donors to our centers," he said. Tristate high schools and colleges, which donate about 15 percent of Hoxworth's annual blood supplies, also are closed.

Hoxworth especially needs O positive blood, a common blood type shared by 38 percent of the population, Mr. Anderson said.

E-mail cschroeder@enquirer.com




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