Supporting Blood Donor Awareness Month

January 23, 2018

Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA visiting the Blood Donor Center

It is the beginning of the year, and what better way to start the year off than by donating blood! Much of the medical care we provide depends on a steady supply of voluntary blood donations, and yet only 3 percent of the eligible donors in California give blood. As the region’s only trauma center, blood donations given at our Blood Donor Center are vital to helping those in need. If there is a blood shortage, our hospital has to purchase blood through the Red Cross. By encouraging our friends and families to donate to our Blood Donor Center, you are helping people right here in our community. You could save a life!

To show her support, our President and CEO, Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, (pictured here with members of the team) recently visited the Blood Donor Center. As a trauma surgeon and intensivist for more than 20 years, Dr. Morgan understands firsthand the importance of blood donations. She is especially unique because she has O Negative blood type. O Negative blood cells are called “universal” meaning they can be transfused to almost any patient in need, which is particularly helpful for those who need blood in emergency situations.

Unfortunately, Dr. Morgan was not able to donate blood during her visit to the Blood Donor Center due to her recent trip to Africa prior to starting her position at Huntington Hospital. For more information about your eligibility to donate or to make an appointment, call the Blood Donor Center today at (626) 397-5422 or visit: www.huntingtonhospital.org/giveblood

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