In an effort to spread awareness about the vital need for emergency community blood supplies and public donations, Emory Healthcare and Emory University have joined the American Red Cross-sponsored 'Save-A-Life Partnership.'
According to Louis Simmons, administrative fellow with Emory Healthcare and organizer of this year's drive, Emory University and Emory Healthcare leaders were eager to participate upon learning from the American Red Cross that blood inventory is typically sufficient to support, on average, one day of the normal regional demand for blood products.
"This one-day supply certainly does not factor in or address the tremendous demand for blood that would occur in a large-scale emergency or disaster, whether it be from a natural disaster, such as a tornado, or man-made disaster, such as terrorism," says Simmons.
"Emory Healthcare and Emory University are already strong community partners, and our goal is combine our resources to create a three-day supply of each blood type to support our communities," says Simmons. "In order to unify the Emory community and respond to the blood supply needs of the local American Red Cross, Emory University and Emory Healthcare leaders endorsed the establishment of the "Save A Life" Partnership Program."
The program officially kicked off on Jan. 24 at Emory University's Dobbs University Center with a reception and informational rally, led by Dr. Randy Martin, MD, professor of internal medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine and medical correspondent with Atlanta's WSB-TV.
This program is a collaborative initiative between Emory University, Emory Healthcare and the American Red Cross, which will run through August. Twenty-two blood drive coordinators, representing academic, healthcare, and select university departments, will lead blood drive efforts for the Emory system in an attempt to collect 1,500 pints of blood. The intent of this initiative is not only to successfully exceed Emory's blood donation goal, but to establish this program as an annual Emory system initiative that leads community members to become lifetime blood donors.
"Our leaders recognize that now, more than ever, it is vital for the Emory community to respond to the needs of the local American Red Cross, and we are enthusiastically supportive and hopeful that this initiative will bear tremendous success," says Simmons.
To learn more about the 'Save A Life' program, please contact Louis Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org. To locate upcoming and future blood drives and to schedule an appointment to donate blood at a blood drive taking place on the Emory campus, please visit the following web site, www.givelife.org, and enter the sponsor code "Emory."