Community Hospital welcomes United Blood Services for first blood drive in Monterey
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Contact: Monica Sciuto (831) 622-2756
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MONTEREY, Calif. — United Blood Services, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s new blood provider, is hosting its first blood drive on the Peninsula on November 19. Community Hospital is proud to welcome United Blood Services (UBS), a nonprofit community blood center, providing blood and blood products for hospitals throughout the United States.
Community Hospital closed its Blood Center in October 2014 due to the lower demand for blood products prompted by advances in medical science and blood management. The reduced use is good news for patients, in terms of both safety and reduced costs. But it also meant it had become more expensive for Community Hospital to operate its own Blood Center than to obtain blood and blood products from someone else, as most hospitals do. Community Hospital began working with UBS in October to fulfill the need for blood products.
UBS collects blood through drives and at its offices around the country and will occasionally hold them in the Monterey area, giving residents continuing opportunities to save lives through UBS’s blood donation drives.
Community Hospital encourages donors to continue their commitment to their community’s health and safety by giving blood. Appointments are available for the first bloodmobile drive on November 19, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hartnell Professional Center front parking lot. To make a donation appointment, visit www.blood4life.org or call 1-888-393-GIVE (4483). Future dates will be posted on www.blood4life.org, www.chomp.org and www.facebook.com/communitymonterey.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, and a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/