ST. ANTHONY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OPENS NEW BLOOD DONOR CENTER
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DATE: April 28, 2011
ST. ANTHONY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OPENS NEW
BLOOD DONOR CENTER
WARWICK, NY – On Thursday, April 28, St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open its new Blood Donor Center.
The Center, located at the physician offices to the right of the hospital’s main entrance, was established with the cooperation of the Good Samaritan Hospital Blood Donor Program. Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY, is also a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System.
“One of the advantages of having this Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital,” said Lucia Bonnier, Bon Secours Charity Health System Director of Renal and Laboratory Services, “is that all of the donated blood stays here instead of going to a central distribution center. It remains in our community. And it also saves St. Anthony Community Hospital the cost of purchasing blood. Donating blood here is an opportunity to do something good for your hospital.”
The Blood Donor Center will be open every Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary. All donors, ages 17 to 75 and in good health, are welcome. And, in appreciation for their generosity, donors will receive small gifts and a voucher for the hospital’s cafeteria.
St. Anthony Community Hospital staff will also assist anyone who wishes to organize a blood drive, for example, in honor or memory of someone, or for any special occasion.
For information call Gerianne Horan, Laboratory Director St. Anthony and Good Samaritan Hospitals, at 987- 5249 or Ray Thompson, Good Samaritan Hospital Donor Program Coordinator at 368-5178.
“Organizing a Blood Drive is a wonderful way to make a difference and help save lives,” said Horan. “Donating blood is giving the gift of life.”
Additional information about St. Anthony Community and Good Samaritan Hospitals is available on the Web at: bschs.bonsecours.com
Bon Secours Charity Health System includes three New York hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick. Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the region's only open heart surgical center at its Suffern campus and the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted-living and adult-home facility, and several other community based medical programs. It serves over half a million people in seven counties and three states. Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., based in Marriottsville, Maryland which is a not-for-profit Catholic health system employing more than 20,000 caregivers in 7 states. For more information visit bschs.bonsecours.com
Front, from left: Gerianne Horan, Laboratory Director St. Anthony and Good Samaritan Hospitals; Pam Mosca, Senior Risk Manager St. Anthony Community Hospital; Carla Gardepe, Chief Phlebotomist St. Anthony Community Hospital; Leyda Duran, Transfusion and Donor Program manager Good Samaritan Hospital; Marlene Roerden, clinical coordinator Center for Ambulatory Surgery; Judy Lindberg (cutting ribbon), Vice President Patient Care Services St. Anthony Community Hospital; Joie Ogrodnick, Emergency Department Nurse Manager St. Anthony Community Hospital; Garrett Durland President of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce; Lucia Bonnier, Bon Secours Charity Health System Director Renal and Laboratory Services.
Rear, from left: Julie Gallagher, Chief technologist St. Anthony Community Hospital; Tammy Jean-Louis, Evelyn Desir, and Will Franck, Good Samaritan Hospital Donor Program phlebotomists.