Giving The Gift of Life
The need for blood remains constant, especially during the winter season when so many visitors and seasonal residents visit Southwest Florida. our blood centers have the challenge of providing the blood supply for our four acute care hospitals—Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital, which houses the only Trauma Center within a five-county radius. Blood also benefits patients at our specialty hospitals— Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and the Rehabilitation Hospital—and patients receiving treatment at the Regional Cancer Center.
“So many people have the intention to donate but don’t find the time or they think someone else will do it,” says Susie Nystrom, director, Lee Health Blood Center. “Blood has a relatively short shelf life—42 days—so we need to replenish it often.”
Anyone can donate if you meet the following criteria:
- Weigh at least 115 pounds
- Age 17 or older, 16 with parental consent
- Are healthy and feel well
- First time donors must have photo ID
“One in three people will need blood during their lifetime,” Susie says.
“You never know if it will be you or someone you love.” Susie says many blood recipients have asked about the Zika virus, which is spread through mosquito bites and can cause birth defects in babies who are conceived after a parent is infected with the disease. “our blood is safe,” Susie says. “All of our blood is tested for the Zika virus and we have not had a confirmed positive test. Donating is safe and it’s a good way to help the community. it doesn’t take much time but saves lives.
"One in three people will need blood during their lifetime. You never know if it will be you or someone you love.”
- Susie Nystrom, Director, Lee Health Blood Center
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