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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:38 pm    Post subject: BLOOD SHORTAGE IN NEW YORK METRO AREA
From Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:00 am to Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:59 am (included)
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CONTACT: Ellen Kramer
EMAIL: ekramer@nybloodcenter.org
CELL: 914-760-3792

NYBC Appeals for Help

June 16, 2008- With the long holiday week and summer season looming, New York
Blood Center and its regional operations (serving New York City, Long Island, Hudson Valley and New Jersey) have issued a public appeal for blood donations.

Hospital demand for blood has increased beyond seasonal expectations while levels of
blood donation have been below forecast due to blood drive cancellations linked to the
recent heat wave. Blood supplies have dropped below the 5-day safety level.

“We have already begun rationing certain blood types to area hospitals,” said Dr. Robert L. Jones, New York Blood Center President & CEO. “Because the New York area has never been self-sufficient in meeting its own need for blood, we are vulnerable to the effects of poor weather and natural disasters occurring far from New York which have crimped the availability of blood from outside the metropolitan area.”

“We are facing increasing pressure to meet predictable needs for blood and must also have a safety margin to respond to any type of large scale public disaster that can quickly deplete even a healthy blood supply. We simply cannot meet our vital, life-saving mission and ensure quality health care delivery without immediate assistance from volunteer blood donors,” said Dr. Jones.

Less than two percent of eligible residents of New York and New Jersey donate blood each year compared to the nationwide average of five percent. “Our community has long lagged behind the rest of the nation but today we face a very serious situation. Blood is perishable {red cells last 42 days and platelets just 5 days} and requires daily replenishment,” Dr. Jones remarked.


The Brooklyn Donor Center
120 Lawrence Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours of Operations
Monday 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday 9:30 am –3:00 pm

Staten Island Donor Center
2791 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
Hours of Operations
Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursdays 9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Attached is a list of local blood drives.

Donors are able to contact New York Blood Center in a variety of ways:

• 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566), or
• www.nybloodcenter.org to schedule a donation appointment at one of many convenient locations in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hudson Valley.
• 3-1-1 (The City’s public information line, accessible within the five boroughs)
• 2-1-2- NEW YORK (The City’s line, accessible outside the five boroughs)

Organizations that are able to sponsor emergency blood drives may also use these contacts.
New York Blood Center operating regions include: Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services, Hudson Valley Blood Services, Long Island Blood Services, New Jersey Blood Services, New York Blood Services.
New York Blood Center (NYBC), one of the nation’s largest non-profit, community-based blood centers, has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to patients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut hospitals since 1964. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Milstein National Cord Blood Center, the world’s first and largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals and transfusion medicine physicians.

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