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Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital to Host Blood Drive
11/03/2008

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Looking for a way to make a large contribution to your community without spending a dime? Donate blood.

Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital will host a blood drive to help boost the blood supply in Erath County. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The blood drive will be held in at the hospital with the support of Carter BloodCare.

Why donate? Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross, but only five percent of the eligible U.S. population gives blood each year.

Blood is needed for emergencies, people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell anemia and other diseases, according the Red Cross.

Anyone in the community who is 17 or older, weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good health is welcome to donate blood. Donors must bring photo identification to participate.

“Blood drives are crucial for keeping the blood supply level to help patients with chronic diseases and those in emergency situations,” said Debra Higgins, blood bank supervisor at Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital. “Residents of Stephenville and the surrounding areas are always generous with our blood drives and we look forward to another successful effort.”

For more information prior to the event, call Higgins at 254-965-1518.

About Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital
Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital, soon to be Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville, is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women and infant care, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmec.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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