August 18, 2014
London Health Sciences Centre placed a close second in the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) “Hospital Challenge,” donating 127 units of blood in June and July. Lakeridge Health in Oshawa finished first with 152 units and in total, more than 800 units were donated by participating hospitals in June and July.
This is the first year that LHSC participated in the CBS Hospital Challenge, in which the organization competed against 20 hospitals from southwestern Ontario and the greater Toronto area. The need for blood is particularly high during the summer months when the number of trauma incidents is higher, but many donors go on vacation making it more difficult for CBS to achieve a stable blood supply. With areas such as the regional trauma and cancer programs — both high blood-product users — LHSC uses the majority of all blood products collected in London.
In addition to the incredible 127 blood units donated by staff, physicians, volunteers, and friends and family, LHSC also had 177 new Partners for Life registrations. By registering as a PFL member, these individuals are demonstrating their commitment to saving lives and helping LHSC meet its annual target—set this year at 400 units. Given the results of the Hospital Challenge, LHSC is well on its way to meeting that goal but regular donations are important to helping maintain a stable blood supply.
Thank you to all those who contributed to the success of the Hospital Challenge. The support shown for this vital community service is one more way LHSC continues to provide exceptional experiences for patients.