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Botsford Hospital hosts Red Cross blood drive on August 30

Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 19, 2013)---The Red Cross does not need blood — patients do. Every two seconds, someone in America gets a blood transfusion. Five million patients will need blood this year. Please do your part to help patients get lifesaving blood by scheduling a blood donation appointment today. Locally, Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills will hold a blood drive for the Red Cross on Friday, August 30. Every person that shows up to give blood will receive a free t-shirt. 
 
Blood donations will be accepted between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in Botsford Hospital's Community Room in the Administration and Education Center, 28050 Grand River Ave. Donors are urged to visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation and enter "Botsford" as the sponsor code to register for this blood drive. Or, blood donation appointments can be scheduled by calling Amy Bowes of Botsford's Employee Services Department at (248) 888-2610. 
 
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 110 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, go to www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements.

Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.

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