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Hannah Grant is a registered nurse in the SMH Surgery Department. Hannah has been at SMH since August 2013. She chose to work at SMH because it is closer to home, she has family and friends who work here and she likes the home town atmosphere. She has 3 siblings and was recently married to Wes Grant of Benton. Hannah and Wes attend First Baptist Church in Benton. She enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her family, and traveling. Thank you Hannah for choosing SMH as your home!
This month Saline Memorial Hospital will be holding a memorial blood drive in loving memory of Ms. Betty Martindale. The drive will be held in Conference Room 1 at 1 Medical Park Drive. You can schedule an appointment by going to Red Cross and entering the sponsor code: SMH.
Why should you donate blood? Because thousands of people need blood every day to help save their lives. By donating a pint of blood you can save 3 lives.
Who needs blood? Anyone could need blood for a number of reasons including car accident victims, sickle cell patients, and cancer patients.
How much blood is needed each day? In the US alone more than 44,000 pints of blood are needed each day. One person involved in a car accident could need as much as 100 pints of blood to save their life.
What blood type is needed? Every blood type is needed, although the most requested by hospitals is Type O.
So save lives and donate blood.
For many, fireworks, picnics, baseball games and ice cream are just a few of the things that represent summertime in Arkansas. What if you could give someone the opportunity to live longer and make their own summer memories? Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) and the American Red Cross are providing that chance. SMH is hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 25th from 11:00am-6:00pm in Classroom 1.
“We host blood drives at SMH once a quarter, “said Rebecca Jones, SMH director of marketing and community relations, “and June always seems to be a slower month due to summer time vacations and trips.” “Unfortunately, the need for blood never slows down.
According to the Red Cross, more than one million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
“A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood,” said Jones, “and every summer we see an increase in vehicle accidents coming through our Emergency Department.” “As a community, we need to all join together in the effort of helping our neighbors in need. There’s a great chance that one day, you or someone you love will need blood and it will only be available if people give.”
Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well prior to donation, drink fluids and present photo identification at the time of donation. The process takes about an hour.
For more information or to schedule an appointment visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Thanks to everyone who gave blood last Friday at the Memorial Blood Drive in honor of Drew Melton. We collected 92 units which is a new record at Saline Memorial Hospital! Those units could save up to 276 lives! What a wonderful way to honor Drew’s memory.
The gift card winners were Walter McCall and Brian Clary.
Our next drive will be in June. Keep an eye out for more information.
Saline Memorial Hospital will be hosting a Blood Drive in loving memory of Drew Melton. Drew was a determined student, a caring friend, and loving daughter. In such a short period of time on this earth, she touched so many people. And she’s still doing that even after her death. As a way to honor Drew, we are hosting a blood drive in her memory. Friday March 22 11:00am-6:00pm Classroom 1. To make an appointment go to Red Cross and enter sponsor code: SMH.
In honor of World Blood Donor Day, we’d like to thank everyone who donated blood at the Saline Memorial Hospital Blood Drive yesterday. We collected 41 units of blood, amounting to a total of 123 potential lives saved!
Our next blood drive will take place on September 18, so be sure to mark your calendars. For more information about becoming a blood donor, visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org/donate/give/.
Nervous about donating blood? Or maybe it’s your first time and you’re not exactly sure what to expect. Not to worry! Here are a few tips and tricks from the American Red Cross to make your donation experience a great one.
- Must be healthy
- Must be 17 years or older, or 16 years old with parental consent
- Must weigh 110 lbs or more
- Hydrate. Drink at least an extra 16 oz of fluids prior to donating.
- Iron. No, not your clothes. We mean sustaining a healthy level of iron in your diet by eating iron-rich foods such as red meat, spinach, or wheat products. Click here for an extensive list of iron-rich foods: http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/health-and-wellness/iron-rich-foods
- Comfort. Avoid fussy tops and wear shirts with sleeves that are easy to roll up the day of your donation.
- Medication. Be familiar with any prescription and/or over the counter medications in your system. Bring a list if necessary.
- Identification. Don’t forget to bring your donor card, a driver’s license, or two other forms of identification with you to the blood drive.
- Sleep. Lastly, make sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before.
- Relax. Hang out for 10-15 minutes after donating before continuing with your daily activities.
- Replenish. Enjoy the complimentary drinks and snacks provided afterwards to replenish your body from any fluids and/or nutrients you may have lost during the donation.
- Rest. Avoid strenuous activity such as heavy lifting and/or exercise for the rest of the day.
We look forward to seeing you at the Saline Memorial Blood Drive on March 30th from 8:30am to 4:30pm in Conference Room 1. For more information, please call us at (501) 776-6000.
During the holiday season, it’s easy to stress over finding the perfect gift for family and friends. However, if you ask a cancer survivor or a trauma victim to describe the perfect gift, many would tell you the perfect gift doesn’t come in a box. It’s a lifesaving blood donation.
Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) is hosting a two-day blood drive next Tuesday, December 13, from 9:00am-5:00pm and Wednesday, December 14, from 11:00am-6:00pm in the SMH Health Education Building-Classroom 1. In addition to cookies and refreshments, all donors will receive a long sleeve t-shirt as a reminder of their service to those in need.
“We need a steady blood supply to care for our patients throughout the year, but it’s especially critical during the holidays,” said Rebecca Jones, SMH Director of Marketing and Community Relations. “We often see an increase in vehicle accidents during the holiday months with more people traveling on the roads. However, this is a hard time of year to recruit donors because so many are unavailable due to vacation schedules, illness or inclement weather.”
All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, especially type O negative. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.
“Blood is often needed for traumas, surgeries, premature babies, leukemia, cancer treatments and much more,” said Jones. “Since there is no substitute for human blood, these patients rely on volunteer blood donors to provide the blood products they need to survive.”
All donors are required to show a form of identification at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.
“The perfect gift costs nothing but an hour of your time and it could save up to three lives,” said Jones. “By donating, you have a chance to truly impact the health and life of a friend or neighbor in need. I can’t think of a better gift this Christmas.”
For more information about the upcoming SMH blood drive, call (501) 776-6764.
The Saline Memorial Hospital Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 7, will be a compassionate drive for Sophie Tilley. Sophie is the daughter of Senna Howell, SMH Home Health. Sophie just turned 14, and she has been at Children’s Hospital since being diagnosed with Secondary AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) on August 12. This is her third bout of cancer since February 2008. She will need continuous blood transfusions and platelets. Right now they are looking for a bone marrow donor match (her parents and siblings didn’t match) and as soon as one is found and she goes into remission, they will transfer her to Dallas for the transplant.
In an effort to support Senna and her family, all donations at our next drive will be in honor of Sophie. The Howell family will be notified of every person who donates in her name. We will also have a t-shirt for every donor to sign at the drive. This will be given to Sophie.
There’s no guarantee that the blood you give at this drive will go directly to Sophie. However, it will guarantee there’s a better chance that blood will be available for her when she needs it.