HRMC Celebrates Blood Donors

Local blood donors were celebrated as super heroes, on Tuesday, June 23 at Huron Regional Medical Center’s annual donor recognition luncheon.

Local blood donors were celebrated as super heroes, on Tuesday, June 23 at Huron Regional Medical Center’s annual donor recognition luncheon.

Local blood donors were celebrated as super heroes, on Tuesday, June 23 at Huron Regional Medical Center’s annual donor recognition luncheon.

HRMC honored a total of 47 donors who, in their lifetimes, have donated between 3 and 19 gallons of blood. Since each donor can only donate one pint of blood every 56 days (or six times per year), it takes a donor approximately four years of continuous donations to achieve the three-gallon threshold. HRMC blood donors are publicly recognized once they reach this minimum threshold and every gallon thereafter at the annual banquet as well as on a recognition board located near the emergency room entrance just outside the main laboratory.

After the donors enjoyed a complimentary lunch of filet mignon, spinach strawberry salad, garlic-cheddar biscuits and sweet potato tots prepared by the HRMC food service staff, several HRMC leaders personally thanked them for their life-saving gifts.

“It is so unusual for a hospital this size to have a donation and collection center like this and it is because of your dedication,” said Dr. Karl Blessinger, HRMC pathologist and medical director of the blood bank. “It is so nice to know who our donors are and it gives a measure of patient safety knowing where our blood comes from. It’s also great to know in the case of an emergency, we have access to a good local supply of blood.”

HRMC’s blood bank meets rigid accreditation standards required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

“It is hard to find words to express our gratitude, so I will borrow from the words of Winston Churchill, ‘We make a living by what we get and we make a life by what we give,’” said Owen Bain, director of HRMC’s laboratory. ”You’ve all made a difference in someone’s life by choosing to give your time and blood. Thank you!”

Donors age 17 and older can donate up to one pint of blood every 56 days. The process is simple, confidential and takes about a half an hour. Community members interested in donating blood can call 353-6530 to schedule an appointment. For convenience, appointments are available Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Information about donating blood is posted on HRMC’s website at www.huronregional.org.

Donors who were honored at the luncheon include:

3 Gallons

Brandon Ensz

Cody Donovan

Lena Kleinsasser

James Kohnen

Dorathea Waldner

4 Gallons

Krista Cronin

Bruce Jerve

Robert Newman

5 Gallons

David Converse

Lance Lee

Michael Lyon

6 Gallons

Steve Decker

Jason Donovan

Lonnie Penner

Kathy Petrie

Micheal Pratt

Jeffry Trandall

David D. Waldner

7 Gallons

Rick Grace

David McGirr

Christopher Waldner

Levi Waldner

8 Gallons

Daniel Brake

Robert LaFortune

Neil Poulisse

Gloria Schneider

Ron Wallenstein

Doug Zeeck

9 Gallons

Michelle Carlson

Marvin Eckmann

Lannie Pullman

Sheila Renner

Chris Waldner

Jean Wharton

10 Gallons

Douglas Chilson

Robert VanDiepen

11 Gallons

Terry Rohlfs

12 Gallons

Russell Donovan

Sandra Ehrk

Cheryl LaFortune

James Sheridan

 14 Gallons

John Coughlin

 15 Gallons

Robert E. Glanzer

 16 Gallons

Alan Thomas

 17 Gallons

Karen Greenfield

 19 Gallons

Richard Horton

Rosanell Husted

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