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Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman to Host Blood Drive on Oct. 24
10/13/2008

KAUFMAN, Texas — A week before Halloween and they’re after your blood! Donations, that is.

Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman will host a blood drive to help boost the blood supply in Kaufman County. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 24, in partnership with Carter BloodCare. Donations will be taken in the Community Room, located to the left of the main entrance of the hospital.

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 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 years old 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 Pat Jackson, community outreach representative for Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. “Residents of Kaufman and the surrounding areas are always generous with our blood drives and we look forward to another successful effort.”

Individuals may make an appointment or simply walk in the day of the event. For more information prior to the event or to make an appointment, call 972-932-7286.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman
Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman, soon to be Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman, is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women and infant care, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation, and pain management services. Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman has been recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, please call 1-800-4-Presby, or visit www.texashealth.org/phk.

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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