Blood drive, Atlanta program changes, first 2014 baby at ALMH
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Cross calls for blood donors after severe weather
need for platelet donors, blood donors with types O, A-negative and
PEORIA — As severe winter
weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible
blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in
Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were canceled across
the U.S. due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations
resulted in a shortfall of nearly 8,400 blood and platelet donations
since Jan. 2.
"It's the blood products already on the shelves that help save
lives when severe weather hits," said Shelly Heiden, community CEO
of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. "Thanks to
generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were
available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the
weather. Now we invite those previously 'frozen out' from giving
blood or platelets to come in soon."
Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand
blood types — O-positive and negative, A-negative, and B-negative —
are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to
offset the shortfall.
Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by
cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so
donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the
oxygen-carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused
blood product and must be transfused within 42 days.
Upcoming blood donation opportunity in Logan County:
- Wednesday, Jan. 15, from noon to 5 p.m. at Lincoln Park District sports
complex, 1400 Primm Road
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit
www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more
information. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other
forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who
are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh
at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible
to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of
age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight
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Atlanta Library announces changes to January schedule
ATLANTA — The Behind the Scenes
program with Bob Lupone, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10, in Atlanta
will be postponed. Watch for further updates.
This Golden Age scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Atlanta
Public Library has been canceled.
Children's Reading and Art
Night, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16, has been canceled.
welcomes first baby of 2014
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
welcomed its first baby of 2014 on Friday, Jan. 3, at 12:42 p.m.
Aeris Mae Ginger is the daughter of Shana and David Ginger of
Lincoln. Aeries weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18½ inches long
Shana's physician is Kristen Green, M.D., a specialist in obstetrics
and gynecology with Springfield Clinic in Lincoln. Aeris is being
welcomed home by three sisters and one brother. The family lives in
Aeris was the recipient of several gifts as the first
baby of the new year. The ALMH Auxiliary presented Aeris and her
family with a basket of baby care items. She received a quilt made
by Friendship Manor residents and a crocheted hat from ALMH
volunteer Ruby Glickerman. ALMH also presented Aeris and her family
with diapers and a gift card for baby necessities.
In 2013, there were 209 babies born at ALMH, 105 males and 104
ALMH's Family Maternity Suites is a state-of-the-art obstetrical
center that features spacious private
labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum rooms with private restrooms and
showers. Each mom and baby receives individualized care. To learn
more about the
Family Maternity Suites or the other health care services
offered at ALMH, visit www.almh.org.
ALMH, at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, is a 25-bed critical
access hospital affiliated with Memorial Health System.