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Botsford Sponsors Red Cross Blood Drive

Farmington Hills, MI (February 26, 2009)--- Botsford Hospital will hold a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on Thursday, March 5.

Blood donations will be accepted between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in room 2 East A at Botsford Hospital, 28050 Grand River Ave, Farmington Hills.  Donors are urged to visit www.givelife.org and enter Botsford as the sponsor code to register for this blood drive.  For questions, please contact Botsford’s employee services department at (248) 888-2600 or e-mail Kim Anderson.

For more than 20 years, Botsford Hospital has been a site for American Red Cross sponsored blood drives.  Statistics tell us that every two seconds someone in America will need a blood transfusion.  However, only five percent of the people who can donate blood do so.  Blood is needed for emergencies and for people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell disease and other illnesses.  One donation can save up to three lives.

In order to donate blood, you must be 17 years old, in good health and weigh at least 100 pounds.  While there is no upper age limit for donors, some medical conditions, medical histories, prescription drugs and recent travel to some foreign countries limit donor eligibility.  For more information on these restrictions, call the Great Lakes Blood Services Region at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or go to the American Red Cross web site at www.givelife.org.

Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2007 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.  Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.

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