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The Henrico County Blood Program (HCBP) was founded in 1982 in partnership with Virginia Blood Services and reorganized in 1992 to meet the growing demands for blood in our community. The year before, in 1991, drives were held three times annually at only one location. Today they are held six times a year in multiple locations. After the reorganization, our donations went from an annual average of about 300 units to an annual average of 1,134 units over the past five years.

This would not have happened without the leadership provided by our employees who serve on the Blood Drive Committee, our employee donor recruiters and the donors themselves. Senior management’s outstanding commitment to the Blood Program has also played a pivotal role in its success.

Upcoming Drives
To find out about upcoming blood drives, you can go to this page from Virginia Blood Services, type Henrico for the Sponsor Code, and click the Search Now button.

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Our Program —

The Henrico County Blood Program (HCBP) was completely reorganized in 1992 to meet the growing demands for blood in our community. The year before, in 1991, drives were held three times annually at only one location. Today they are held six times a year in at least ten locations. After the reorganization, our donations went from an annual average of about 300 units to a credited total of 1,225 in 2005.

This would not have happened without the leadership provided by our employees who serve on the Blood Drive Committee, our employee donor recruiters and the donors themselves. Senior management’s outstanding commitment to the Blood Program has also played a pivotal role in its success.

Our award-winning, employee-led program works in partnership with Virginia Blood Services (VBS), a non-profit organization. VBS is dedicated to the mission of providing a reliable blood supply to help save the lives of patients in our community hospitals.

Each year across America, 4 million people need blood. That’s one every twelve seconds. In central Virginia, 400 pints of blood are needed every day. Cancer patients are the largest users of blood components. People of all ages who are undergoing organ transplants, open heart surgery, hip replacements or surgery for accident injuries are other examples of why blood donations are so vital.

A special need also exists for O-negative blood type. When newborn babies need blood, they need type O-negative. They also need fresher blood than other patients. Most adults can use red cells that are up to 42 days old, but babies need blood less than a week old. This means that keeping up supplies of O-negative blood is very important — and very difficult.

Campaign News —

To increase the amount of giving in area campaigns, Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett challenged other local governments in the region to a friendly competition aimed at increasing community levels of giving. We invite employees and residents to join the competition and help push their locality’s totals to new highs.

The Virginia Blood Service (VBS) has given Henrico its 2003 Award of Excellence in recognition of our outstanding campaign results. In 2003, we collected 1,037 pints of blood, 2004 donations were 1,081 pints and 2005 donations reached 1,225 pints. These donations translate to 3,343 pints of blood products or 10,029 lives saved by this unique gift of life. This superb achievement subsequently led to Henrico receiving further recognition from VBS for the most donations collected by any county for the past 3 years running — thereby beating Chesterfield in our on-going “friendly competition.”

The Henrico County Blood Program (HCBP) received a national award for its “outstanding commitment” to blood-donation efforts during 2005. America’s Blood Centers, the nation’s largest network of community-based blood programs, has recognized HCBP with the Platinum Blood Drive Award its highest honor in the employer/medium category. The organization will present the award March 6 at its national meeting in Houston. Virginia Blood Services, a member of America’s Blood Centers, nominated the Henrico program for the award.

On March 6, 2006, County Manager Virgil Hazelett, Blood Drive Coordinator Dave Ambrogi, along with Virginia Blood Services representative Jenny Madden traveled to Houston, Texas to receive the award. The award was the result of an essay written by Jenny Madden outlining the 91% increase in blood donations from 2001 to 2003. “Community service is a top priority for Henrico County, and our blood program plays a leading role in that effort,” said County Manager Virgil R. Hazelett, P.E. “This award is a tribute to the employees who volunteer their time and talents to make the program such a success.”

“It’s a great experience to be a part of such a dedicated group of people,” Ambrogi said. “The donation of one pint of blood saves the lives of three people – what else could you do to have such an impact on our community?”

Virginia Blood Services’ (VBS) on-line donor scheduling software, eDonorT, is available to us. This easy-to-use software allows you to schedule your appointment all by yourself, on-line, and get immediate confirmation.

To begin, click on the link below:

http://www.vadonor.org/

 

The site’s software program will ask for your email address, your birth date and your sponsor code. If you don’t know your sponsor code, contact your agency’s donor recruiter.

If this is the first time you’ve tried it, the site you will ask you to enter a few items of information, like your address, phone number and some other routine things that will help identify you. You can use your work or home address and phone number. After the first time, your information will be saved, eliminating those steps in the future. Next time, you’ll only have to enter your email address, date of birth and sponsor code.

After you’ve entered this information, the County’s blood drive schedule for all locations, dates and times shows up on your screen. Pick what works for you and, if that time slot hasn’t already been taken, you’re done.

You’ll receive a confirmation via email. You’ll also receive a reminder email before the drive.

VBS and the Blood Drive Committee hope this excellent system will make the job of signing up donors faster and easier for everyone and help make our blood drives increasingly successful.

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Every day is an emergency. More than four million Americans would die every year without life-saving blood transfusions. Every day is an emergency to patients who need blood to survive. Disaster preparedness means having a healthy blood supply available to those who are fighting to live. If donors wait for an emergency to occur, it is too late. Blood must be on the shelf and ready to use when disasters strike! We’re counting on you to donate at our upcoming drive. Please help us provide the blood that could one day save your life or the life of someone you love.

 

Learn about being a donor by clicking this link to Virginia Blood Services’ Giving Blood brochure.

 


 

Upcoming Blood Drives –

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Virginia Blood Services posts the dates and locations for our next blood drive on the VBS Web site at http://www.vadonor.org/. Sign up using the eDonorT on-line donor scheduling software. It’s easy! And all our drives are open to the public.

But you don’t have to wait until our next drive to give. You can visit Virginia Blood Services at any of its donor centers located throughout the Metropolitan Region.

In Henrico, VBS is conveniently located in the Innsbrook Corporate Center at 4040A Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060. Give them a call!

 

Note for Henrico employees — be sure to give yourself and your agency a little credit! Use your Group Number whenever you donate. Can’t remember it? Click here to see our Henrico County Group Numbers listing.


 

For further information on the Henrico County Blood Program, contact Lisa Orlosky or Tanya Harding.


We need you! Remember — a gift of blood is good for life!

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