Summer Blood Shortage Triggers Nationwide Appeal for Donors
Louise Taylor, Blood Donor Coordinator at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Blood Donor Center, says blood supplies are at their lowest levels in recent memory.
Ms. Taylor cites the appeal for donors issued by the American Red Cross Blood Services, Penn-Jersey Region office, based in Philadelphia.
The Red Cross appeal states that doctors and hospitals in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey are unable to get all the blood they order for patients.
"Hospitals in our area have been operating without enough blood all summer and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel," says the Red Cross.
Any employee in good health can donate every 56 days, so if you haven't given blood recently, now is a good time to do so.
Please call 215-955-7791 to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions.
Why does blood run low in the summer?
"First, with people being outside and active, there are many more accidents in the summer. All kinds of accidents drain blood supplies - swimming, diving, boating and athletic injuries in addition to auto and other accidents."
"Then, there are fewer donors, because people are on vacation or otherwise preoccupied."
Extreme weather swings also reduce blood supplies, Ms. Taylor adds. "People don't donate when it's too hot, or when it's too cold."
The blood shortage in the Northeast is so acute some of the blood transfused in Philadelphia is shipped from the West, Ms. Taylor adds.
Remember: All employees who donate blood are entitled to two hours off each time they give.
The Blood Donor Center is located at 8230 Gibbon Building and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours can be extended for groups or departments who want to donate after hours.
of Nursing Offers Recruitment Program
The first program is an employee referral bonus program. This program provides a financial incentive to eligible employees who refer full and part-time RN applicants to the hospital. These applicants must be subsequently recruited and hired to receive the bonus.
The second program, a $5,000 sign-on bonus award, will facilitate recruiting and retaining qualified and experienced nurses for designated vacancies offering bonus referrals.
A list of qualified vacancies is maintained in the employment office and can be found by:
Accessing the job opportunities web site (employment.tju.edu)
Calling the job hotline at 215-503-8313
Checking the printed job postings. For more information about the bonus programs, please contact Mary Marczyk, RN, MSN, Nurse Recruiter, at 215-503-8610 or Linda Mitchell, Employment Manager, at 215-503-6169.
Undertakes Search For New Jefferson Medical College Dean
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