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Save a Life with the Perfect Holiday Gift

Farmington Hills, Mich. (November 23, 2010)---`Tis the season for giving the perfect gift. And nothing is more important than our life and our health. Donating blood can save lives and only costs time- thus, making it the perfect gift. 
 
Blood donations will be accepted between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 10 in the Community Room located in Botsford Hospital’s Administration & Education Building, 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) 888-2610 or e-mail abowes@botsford.org.  
 
Blood supplies can dwindle this time of year as travel and other activities can make it difficult for some donors to find time to give. And while the supply of blood can tighten, the demand for blood can grow as roadway accidents increase the need for blood to be available on a moment’s notice. Currently the Southeastern Michigan American Red Cross is at an emergency level for O Negative, B Negative and AB Negative blood types. The current platelet inventory is also at an emergency level. O Positive and A Negative are at a less than sufficient level. 
 
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, 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 is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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