Jackie DeSouza, Chief Executive Officer

WHO: Research Medical Center

WHAT: Summer Blood Drive, in partnership with the Community Blood Center (CBC) 

WHEN: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014

WHERE: Meeting Room 1 (near the hospital’s cafeteria), Research Medical Center, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., 64132  

NOTE: Go to Main Entrance on Meyer Blvd.  There will be signs directing you to the Meeting Room.

WHY: The Community Blood Center needs to collect 580 units of blood daily to meet the needs of area hospital patients. As there is no substitute for blood, the CBC relies on volunteer donors to supply life-saving blood and blood components to hospitals such as Research Medical Center.

“We invite the community to share the gift of life and donate blood at Research Medical Center’s annual summer blood drive,” says Jackie DeSouza, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Research Medical Center.  “Research Medical Center uses 4,490 units of blood each year, helping to save lives. I plan to be the first in line to roll up my sleeve on June 5.”

Donations can be scheduled at savealifenow.org (sponsor code: research) or by contacting Sue Johnson, Research Medical Center Blood Bank Manager, at (816) 276-3906 or susan.johnson2@hcamidwest.com.

Walk-ins are welcome, including those who have recently received a flu shot.