Blood center names Reid Health a hero of crisis for region’s blood supply

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RICHMOND, Ind. – Reid Health was named Crisis Hero for his contribution to the region’s blood supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Community Blood Center awarded Reid its Crisis Hero Award of Excellence for continuing to organize blood drives and sponsor plasma drives during the pandemic, according to a press release.

CBC’s Melinda Frech presented the award to Craig Kinyon, President and CEO of Reid, and Linda Rutherford, director of Reid’s lab and blood drive coordinator, at a blood drive on July 6 at Lingle Hall.

Reid hosts an annual blood drive around the July 4 vacation, the statement said, and Tuesday’s drive totaled 135 whole blood donors and six platelet and plasma donors. The hospital remained open for monthly blood drives during the pandemic after declaring blood drive essential.

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“It’s been a trip, hasn’t it?” Kinyon said in the statement. “One positive element was that COVID focused on people who donate blood. We organized blood drives when we had no idea where the pandemic was going. We needed people to give. you must have, as a human being, all the blood products that you produce. “

Reid introduced protocols such as visitor screening, temperature checks, and donor escorts when he held a St. Patrick’s Day blood drive at Lingle Hall. Reid continued to help by making his new Pace Center available for blood drives, adding Saturday blood drives to his monthly schedule, starting a blood drive in Connersville, and organizing recovery plasma drives.

Reid’s staff members like Samantha Dennis, a nursing assistant, support Reid’s blood drives.

“I usually donate platelets, but if I don’t have that much time I will donate whole blood,” she said. “I donate when I can.”

Pharmacy technician Natasha Lee made her 14th lifetime donation on Tuesday.

“I try to come every time they are here,” she said. “I go to nursing school and I see that giving blood is important. If I can do it, I will. I like it, it’s giving back to help a little.”

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