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Red Cross urges blood and platelet donations during National Preparedness Month


Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, MN (Sept. 19, 2016) — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.

Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.

“September is National Preparedness Month and we urge eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets,” Sue Thesenga, Communications Manager of the North Central Blood Services Region “Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition like sickle cell disease, a routine surgery, a traumatic accident or a large-scale disaster, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Red Cross blood and platelet donors play an important role in helping communities be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.”

Donors of all blood types are needed as blood products continue to be distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations come in. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times.

Upcoming blood

donation opportunities

• Harmony, September 27: 1-7 p.m., Community Center, 225 Third Ave. SW

• Mabel, October 12: 1-7 p.m., American Legion, 114 N. Main St.

• Rushford, October 1: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Tri County Electric, 31110 Cooperative Way

Golden Happenings

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By Betty Dowe Calling for any person 55 and older! You are invited to the Senior Room of the Harmony Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. This will be the first meeting to discuss the interest in educational programs and socials for th ..... 
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Bloodmobile coming to Harmony on September 27

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. D ..... 
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Prevent the flu! It’s the cool thing to do

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months obtain a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it offered. This is especially true for people who care for children under age six months and people ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Health Center receives significant donation from Mayo Clinic

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, MN – Zumbro Valley Health Center has announced Mayo Clinic awarded the organization $89,000 to support its integrated care delivery model. This funding will be used to expand the delivery of mental and chemical health, medical and care ..... 
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Mabel Clinic recognized for diabetes care

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) announced that Winneshiek Medical Center’s Mabel Clinic is among 276 Minnesota and border state clinics that were recently recognized for improving care delivery and outcomes for patients with d ..... 
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Critical blood shortage: Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to give now

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, MN, July 25, 2016 — While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross ur ..... 
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Semcac’s Volunteer Driver Program is vital to many

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

As we grow older, it may become more difficult to get to where we need to go. The reasons for this can vary. Perhaps someone has never had a driver’s license or has had to give up driving due to medical reasons. It could be that a friend or rel ..... 
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Study: Better health outcomes for seniors in Minnesota program

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

A federal study released this week found better health outcomes for Minnesota seniors served by a popular, longstanding program combining Medicaid and Medicare benefits, a finding that holds promise as other states seek to improve health care for lo ..... 
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