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Blood Center honors top sponsors of drives

March 18th, 2012 11:16 pm by staff report

Every day, Marsh Regional Blood Center helps save countless lives by supplying blood to 22 healthcare facilities throughout the region. But Marsh Regional cannot accomplish this without valuable assistance from local organizations and agencies that sponsor blood drives.

To thank these groups, Marsh Regional recently hosted its fifth annual awards luncheon at Bristol Motor Speedway. Don Campbell, Marsh Regional’s director, and Tracey Moffatt, Wellmont Health System's chief operating officer, presented the honors.

The awards are presented in the categories of businesses and industries, churches, colleges and universities, hospitals, and high schools. Each category has a first, second and third place finisher.

Marsh Regional also presented community service awards to five companies.

“We are pleased to show our appreciation to our partners throughout the region,” Campbell said. “These organizations and their members clearly understand the importance of donating blood and make a tremendous difference in the quality of life in our region.”

The winners, from first to third place, and their categories are:

• Businesses and industries: Wellmont's corporate office, Domtar, Bristol Virginia Utilities Board.

• Civic groups and clubs: Richlands Masonic Lodge, South Holston Ruritan Club, Black Wolf Harley-Davidson.

• Churches: First Broad Street United Methodist Church, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Valley View Freewill Baptist Church.

• Colleges and universities: Northeast State Community College, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Mountain Empire Community College.

• Large hospitals: Holston Valley Medical Center, Bristol Regional Medical Center, Johnson City Medical Center.

• Community/small hospitals: Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Indian Path Medical Center, Clinch Valley Medical Center.

• Job Corps and career centers: Jacobs Creek Job Corps, Flatwoods Job Corps, Buchanan County Career Center.

• Large high schools: Dobyns-Bennett, Cherokee, Sullivan South.

• Medium high schools: Sullivan North and Sullivan Central, Sullivan East, Elizabethton and Union.

• Small high schools: Thomas Walker, Haysi, Hampton and Grundy.

Marsh Regional gave community service awards to Food City, Golden Corral, Cumulus Media and Bristol Motor Speedway. Eastman Chemical Co. also was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for its blood donation support.

In 2011, blood drives at these organizations accounted for 25 percent of Marsh Regional’s supply. These organizations also increased their donations by 20 percent from 2010.

As many as three lives may be saved each time a person donates blood, and an individual’s blood donation to Marsh Regional stays local to help people in this region. Marsh Regional supplies blood to 22 healthcare facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Donors with O-negative blood types are particularly welcome, as their blood can be used for any patient.

This month, Marsh Regional is holding its annual Marsh Madness event. All donors will receive a limited-edition T-shirt, as well as a basketball-shaped stress release ball, available while supplies last. Donors will also be entered into drawings for additional Marsh Madness prizes.

To donate blood, individuals must be 17 or older, weigh 120 pounds or more and be in good health. People with a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or who are taking antibiotics may not donate. Donors should eat a balanced meal before giving blood.

For more information about blood drives or to plan one at your business, church, school or community organization, please call 979-0574, 224-5888 or 652-0014 or visit

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