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April 15, 2014

Health Notes: April 15, 2014

Blood Donor Center plans blood drives

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Regional Blood Donor Center, a program of CVPH Medical Center, has scheduled several blood drives for the remainder of April.

All eligible blood donors are encouraged to donate at one of the following drives in April: 2:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, AuSable Forks Ambulance Service; 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, West Chazy Fraternal 155 Masonic Lodge; 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, Willsboro Fire Department; 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Brushton-Moira American Legion Post 939; 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Malone Callfiremen; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, Clinton Community College; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 21, CVPH Auditoriums A+B; 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, Morrisonville Ambulance Service (includes marrow registry); 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, Miner Institute, co-sponsor Riley Ford; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, Alice Hyde Medical Center; 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Chateaugay High School; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, Chazy High School; 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 28, Keene Valley Neighborhood House; 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, West Chazy Fire Department; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, N.Y.S. DEC Ray Brook.

To be eligible to donate blood, a person must be in good health and at least 17 years of age. The minimum weight requirement is 110 pounds. All donors must pass a physical and health history exam conducted at the drive prior to donation. Whole blood can be donated once every eight weeks (56 days). Apheresis (red blood cell donation) donations can occur every 16 weeks.

The North Country Regional Blood Donor Center, located in the CVPH Health Plaza, is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are welcome, however those interested in apheresis donation should call 562.7406 to make an appointment. Blood and blood products donated by North Country residents are used not only at CVPH Medical Center but at hospitals in Elizabethtown, Saranac Lake, Malone, Massena and Canton-Potsdam.

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