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Boots vs. Badges: Hospital hosts blood drive
Hinsdale – The Hinsdale Fire Department will go head-to-head with the Hinsdale Police Department in a friendly competition to collect blood for the Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Blood Center. This annual lifesaving event will be held throughout October at the blood center, located on the west side of the hospital at 121 N. Elm St., Hinsdale.

Anyone who donates blood during the month of October will have the opportunity to “vote” for either Hinsdale’s fire department or police department. The agency with the most votes will win a pizza party hosted by the Blood Center.

“We are at a critical low for blood donors,” said Janice Rosacrans, donor recruiter. “Our local police and firemen put their lives on the line every day. We can show our support of these heroes by donating blood in their honor.”

Blood collected at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Blood Center can be used at all Adventist hospitals including Adventist Hinsdale, Adventist La Grange Memorial, Adventist GlenOaks and Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

“One pint of blood can save up to three lives,” Rosacrans said. “Because the blood we collect stays in the community, a donor may save the life of a neighbor, friend or family member.”

Donors are eligible to give blood if they are 17 years old or older, or 16 with parent’s permission, weigh more than 110 pounds, are in good health and have eaten a regular meal within four hours of donating. An individual can donate every eight weeks. Donors receive mini-physicals prior to donating. Their blood pressure, temperature and iron levels are checked to ensure their good health.

In addition to the need for whole blood donors, the blood center is in great need for platelet donors. Platelets are cells that aid in coagulation. They are used to help stop bleeding in patients with cancer under going chemotherapy or during surgeries where blood loss is an immediate concern. For information about blood or platelet donation, or to make an appointment to donate, call 630-856-7837 or email janice.rosacrans@ahss.org.  The blood center is open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays.