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Red Cross asks for most needed blood types


Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

During Liver Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and platelets to support liver transplant patients and others needing blood products.

Liver transplants are the second most common type of transplant with more than 6,000 performed in the U.S. each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery.

For blood donor Amy Slattery, the need for blood hits close to home. Her mother received a liver transplant and needed more than 70 blood products during the surgery.

“I donate to help others that needed blood like her,” said Slattery. “I donate in thanks to those who donate their blood products to help save lives.”

Volunteer donors like Slattery are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during transplants and other surgeries. Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, A negative, B negative and AB blood.

Upcoming blood

donation opportunities:

Caledonia: October 13, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Four Seasons Community Center, 900 N. Kingston St.

Spring Grove: October 13, 2015, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fest Building, 110 N. Division.

Mabel: October 14, 2015, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., American Legion, 114 N. Main St.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Red Cross issues call for most needed blood types

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the blood types most needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors with O negative, B negative, and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Blood donation appointm ..... 
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Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center expands to Preston

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center (HVMHC) has recently expanded its services to the Fillmore County area. These developments include providing Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS), Adult and Children Mental Health Case Management, ..... 
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Harmony Bloodmobile exceeds goal by 17 units

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 14, 2015, succeeded in collecting 59 units of blood, which was 17 over their goal. There were 61 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these five donors who reached the f ..... 
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How to build and maintain strong bones

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become weakened and brittle over time, affects millions of people across the globe. The International Osteoporosis Foundation says an osteoporosis-related fracture occurs roughly once every 3 seconds, acc ..... 
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Roger Wertanen going strong at 75

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

What adjectives come to mind when you read the phrase “75 year-old retiree with a pacemaker”? Would you think of words such as “fit, competitive, active, fast, and driven”? Well, if you knew Roger Wertanen, you might have thought of those ..... 
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Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer blood supply

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer. Many summer activities, such as vacations and travel, cause frequent blood ..... 
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Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer blood supply

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer. Many summer activities, such as vacations and travel, cause frequent blood ..... 
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Alzheimer’s caregiver support group series offered in Harmony

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Beginning on Monday July 13, the ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony Committee will be hosting a free eight week caregiver support series presented by the talented staff at Heartland Hospice. This free series, “Journey of the Heart”, will be held at ..... 
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