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Blood bank calling for more donors
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SAVANNAH — Memorial University Medical Center and the Savannah Community Blood Bank are holding a two day mobile blood drive at the main entrance to Memorial University Medical Center from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 20 and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 21. Donors participating in the drive will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate to the Oglethorpe Mall.

Memorial University Medical Center and the Savannah Community Blood Bank hope to acquire 150 pints of blood during the two day blood drive. That means approximately 180 people need to register. To schedule an appointment, call Kim Gattis at  (912) 350-6730.

“I am pleased to see that my small donation is able to help such a wide variety of people.  With one small act and small amount of time I am able to contribute to the saving of a life.  Knowing I am doing my part in keeping the blood banks full, makes me feel comfortable,” said Michael Beasley, a routine blood donor and team member at Memorial.

“Someone in our community needs blood every 8 minutes. Donated blood can mean the difference between life and death for some of our patients.”

Savannah Community Blood Bank, part of The Blood Alliance, is an independent nonprofit community blood center committed to providing a safe and adequate blood supply for the people of Savannah.

Since January 2001, SCBB has been the sole provider of blood products for Memorial University Medical Center. Savannah Community Blood Bank is a member of the AABB and America's Blood Centers.

Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) is a two-state health care organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial University Medical Center has been named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates four years in a row for providing an outstanding patient experience. Visit their Web site at