Indianapolis, Oct. 8, 2018 – Members of the general public are invited to join Eskenazi Health employees in participating in a blood drive from 12-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Eskenazi Health West 38th Street. Each blood donor will receive a free movie ticket.

“Hosting a blood drive is a direct reminder to people of why our work is so important to the populations we are trying to help– connecting healthy donors to patients in need at Hoosier hospitals. The partnership between our organizations is the natural result of our shared mission to serve the community,” said Dr. Charlie Miraglia, president, Indiana Blood Center.

Everyone who donates blood helps save lives by supporting the Indiana Blood Center. That’s in addition to the health benefits of donating blood, which not only helps patients but also offers a personal health screening. At the time of donation, donors will have their blood pressure, pulse, temperature and hemoglobin levels measured to ensure they are healthy enough to donate.

“Blood donors have reduced risks of development of cancer or heart attacks, and even improvement in the metabolic conditions that predispose to diabetes,” said Dr. David Crabb, chief medical officer for Eskenazi Health.

The donation process should take less than an hour. It is recommended that donors have a light snack before donating blood that day. Most people are eligible to donate, and there are very few causes for deferral and very few medications that are not accepted. Please remember to hydrate and bring a photo ID.

If you have questions, please contact LeRoy Lewis III at leroy.lewisiii@eskenazihealth.edu.

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