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September 22, 2016
London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) wrapped up the Canadian Blood Services Hospital Challenge this month, and is proud to announce our staff, physicians, volunteers, and friends and family donated 121 units of blood during the two-month challenge - a boost from last year’s total of 109 units. Additionally, LHSC increased the number of first-time donors, with 23 new Partners for Life rolling up their sleeves.
The Hospital Challenge is an annual competition between hospitals in south central Ontario to donate the most units of blood during the summer months. The Hospital Challenge helps to address the increased need for blood during July and August when many regular donors are away on vacation. With its regional trauma and cancer programs – both high blood-product users – LHSC knows the need for blood is constant; it can take up to five donors to help someone undergoing cancer treatment and up to 50 donors to help save someone who has been in a motor vehicle collision.
Marg Kampers, Program Manager, Optimization was the lucky winner of the grand prize of the Hospital Challenge – a paid vacation day. Thank you to Murray Glendining for donating the vacation day as an incentive for staff to participate in the Hospital Challenge.
LHSC has been a proud Partners for Life member with Canadian Blood Services since 2012. As a member of this program, LHSC demonstrates a lasting commitment to saving lives by setting an annual target for blood donation and encouraging staff, volunteers and physicians to help reach that target.
Thank you to all who donated blood during the Hospital Challenge for their commitment to maintaining a stable blood supply.