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Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Jefferson County in January

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Jefferson County in January

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ARC) — With a new year come many resolutions to form good habits and achieve personal goals. The American Red Cross encourages those who are eligible to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

Donated blood can give patients in need more time with loved ones. Blood can be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more. In fact, about every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

As winter continues, donations are especially needed, with many donors unable to give due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood and partake in a lifesaving resolution by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Jefferson County:

Blood Drive events for the month of Nov. in Jefferson County

Blood Drive events for the month of Nov. in Jefferson County

Nov. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Activity Center, 8203 Dollarway Road in White Hall, Ark.

Nov. 25 from 1-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1610 W. 42nd St. in Pine Bluff, Ark.

It takes all blood types to help save lives

It takes all blood types to help save lives

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the 2 percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a shortage.

Those with O negative, A negative and B negative are especially urged to donate, as their blood types are often in high demand because they can potentially be transfused to both Rh negative and positive patients. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient.

Vacations, activities and holidays contribute to a decrease in donations during the summer, but patients don’t get a break from needing blood. Visit the Summer of Stories campaign website, redcrossblood.org/summer, to make an appointment to donate, then share why you give blood and watch videos about people whose lives have been touched by donors.

Campbell slated to speak at Camp iRock

Campbell slated to speak at Camp iRock

Written by Wendy Miya                                                                                                                                                                  &nbs

Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

Baptist Health makes Stubblefield VP, Bowen asst. VP

Baptist Health makes Stubblefield VP, Bowen asst. VP

Little Rock, Ark. (April 24, 2013) -- Baptist Health has named Greg Stubblefield as the new vice president for clinical services with system responsibilities for radiology, laboratory, and continuous improvement objectives for Baptist Health’s emergency departments. Stubblefield was previously vice president and administrator for Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia. He will begin serving in this new role effective    May 1.

Stubblefield joined Baptist Health in 2002 as an administrative resident. Following his residency, he served as assistant vice president and night administrator for Baptist Health.

Blood donations needed in Jefferson County

Blood donations needed in Jefferson County

Celebrate Red Cross Month by getting involved

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 4, 2013) — During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to support their communities by giving blood or platelets, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation. Those involved enable the Red Cross to continue to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient needs around the clock. With the generous support of blood donors, the Red Cross can help ensure all patients have the blood products they need, no matter when or where.