An article titled "Local blood donations need a boost" in the Oct. 7 edition of the Imperial Valley Press implied that our local hospitals are supplied with blood from the American Red Cross. This is not true.
Since 1989, El Centro Regional Medical Center, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District and Imperial Valley Blood Services have had an exclusive agreement with the San Diego Blood Bank to provide blood and blood products to our two hospitals. We have found the service provided by the San Diego Blood Bank to be exceptional. Our needs of having a safe and adequate blood supply for our patients have been met even when inventories have been tight.
Not only has our own Imperial Valley Blood Services conducted very successful blood drives but it also works tirelessly to educate the community about the importance of donating blood and the need for new blood donors.
For the past 15 years Blood Services' blood drive coordinator Trish Burich-McNeece has spoken annually to all the senior civics and government classes at our high schools. She also routinely makes presentations to service clubs and other local organizations.