Blood Drive Coming to Texas Health Stephenville on Oct. 6
09/29/2009

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Sparing only a couple of minutes to donate blood could save a life. It's also a quick and easy way to give back to the community.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The blood drive will be held in the helipad parking lot across the street from the hospital.

“We are always in need of blood donations to help accident victims and others facing a variety of illnesses across the community,” said Debra Higgins, blood bank lead tech at Texas Health Stephenville. “Residents of Stephenville and the surrounding areas are always generous with our blood drives and we look forward to another successful effort.”

Why donate? Someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, according to the American Red Cross, but only five percent of the eligible U.S. population gives blood each year. Blood is needed for treating emergencies, cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell anemia and other diseases, according to the Red Cross.

The blood drive will be held with the support of Carter BloodCare. Anyone in the community who is 17 or older, weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good health is welcome to donate. Donors must bring photo identification to participate.

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

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
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’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

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. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.