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Hunterdon Medical Center Blood Bank in Critical Need of O Positive and O Negative Blood Donors

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October 12, 2021

There is a national shortage of blood and the Blood Bank at Hunterdon Medical Center is in critical need of O positive and O negative blood. Every day, lives are saved by blood donors in our community. Hunterdon Medical Center depends heavily on regular volunteer blood donors to maintain an adequate and safe blood supply.

 “Giving blood is the most generous act of kindness that one human being can do for another. When you give blood, you save lives. Blood is used for accident victims, newborn babies and their mothers who need a transfusion, people undergoing surgery, patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” stated Cathy Conroy, Blood Donor Recruiter at Hunterdon Medical Center. She continued, “The blood donated at Hunterdon Medical Center stays here and is used on our patients. So when you donate, no matter what your type, you will be helping your friends and neighbors.”

To be eligible to donate blood a person must be at least 17 years of age, be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds, (130 pounds for 17 year olds). In addition, you are eligible to donate if you have had the COVID-19 vaccine. The Blood Bank will screen for COVID-19 antibodies and cholesterol every time you donate.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to donate blood or would like more information call Hunterdon Medical Center’s Blood Donor Recruiter, Cathy Conroy at (908) 788–6405 or email her at cconroy@hhsnj.org. For more information on donating blood, please visit https://www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/service/lab-imaging/blood-donation/.

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