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Resolve to give in the new year

January 05, 2017

The New Year often brings change; a new resolution to be a better, healthier, happier individual.

Finding an avenue to express this change for the New Year can sometimes be a daunting task. Individuals often seek significant changes in their lifestyle, but does it have to be such a drastic change to make a difference? This year resolve to help others by rolling up your sleeve and donating blood.

January is recognized as National Blood Donor Month to raise awareness of this vital, life-saving need. Donations are in short supply over the winter months due to holidays, illness, inclement weather and travel, but that doesn’t mean that the need is any less.

Sampson Regional Medical Center is in need of donors for all blood types. Resolve to donate and help others during the onsite blood drive scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12, 7:30 a.m. -4 p.m. in SRMC’s outpatient lab. Donors, both new and current, can give during this walk-in event or schedule for other times at the blood donor center located conveniently inside the Outpatient Diagnostics Center.

SRMC is one of few hospitals in the state that provide most all of its blood supply. According to SRMC’s Blood Donor Coordinator, Debbie Gautier, R.N., the holidays bring a busy time for everyone and often causes a decrease in donations.

“Many of our regular donors do not give as often during the holidays, and our supporting organizations typically do not schedule blood drives,” Gautier said.

While SRMC is not experiencing an extreme shortage at this time, it is imperative that a consistent supply is ready for patients suffering from cancer or anemia, along with any traumas or surgeries that may arise.

Donors can make appointments for blood donations to fit their schedule by visiting By visiting this site, donors can submit a request for more information on blood donor services, schedule an onsite blood drive, or schedule a request for an individual donation time. Sampson Regional Medical Center’s Blood Donor Center is conveniently located inside the Outpatient Diagnostics Center at 233 Beaman Street and is open Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and extended hours on the second Tuesday of each month, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m for individual donations. While appointments are not necessary, it is recommended to call and reserve a time that is convenient for the donor.

Donors must meet the following requirements before becoming a blood donor.

• Be in good general health

• At least 18 years of age and weigh over 110 pounds

• Persons 17 years old may donate with parental consent

The hospital’s AABB accredited blood bank is not affiliated with the American Red Cross. The blood bank relies on blood donations from people who live or work in Sampson County and who give directly to SampsonRMC. When community members give, their donation is used locally at SampsonRMC to help patients who are often their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.

Donors may reach SRMC’s Blood Donor Center at 910-592-2689 ext. 2253. Most blood donations last approximately 45 minutes. Donors are eligible every eight weeks to give blood. SRMC is also scheduling onsite blood drives for any organization within the community. Any business, school, church, or other organization may get involved by contacting Debbie Gautier, R.N. at 910-592-2689, ext. 2253.