Organizations large and small have saved lives in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia with their commitment to ensure Marsh Regional Blood Center has a sufficient blood supply to meet the area's needs.
Marsh Regional recently held its seventh annual awards luncheon at Bristol Motor Speedway to honor the top 47 blood drive sponsors for 2013. Schools, hospitals, businesses and churches were among the groups recognized for their contributions to patient health.
Together, the support from these organizations was vital to Marsh Regional's collection of more than 26,000 units to meet the region's needs.
"All our honorees clearly understand the value of blood donation and are making a difference," said Don Campbell, Marsh Regional's director. "They have played an essential role in enabling us to supply the 17 medical facilities we serve in our region. Best of all, they are continuing to hold drives this year to help their families, friends and neighbors."
Recognized at the event were:
* Medical centers — Holston Valley Medical Center, Bristol Regional Medical Center and Indian Path Medical Center.
* Colleges and universities — University of Virginia's College at Wise, East Tennessee State University and Milligan College.
* Community colleges — Northeast State, Mountain Empire, Southwest Virginia Community and Tennessee College of Applied Technology
* Tennessee large high schools — Dobyns-Bennett, Volunteer High School and Daniel Boone.
* Tennessee medium high schools — Sullivan South, Sullivan North and Sullivan East.
* Virginia medium high schools — Gate City, Union and Richlands.
* Tennessee small high schools — Cloudland and Hampton.
* Virginia small high schools — Thomas Walker, Lebanon and Haysi.
* Business and industries — Nuclear Fuel Services, Domtar and Bristol Virginia Utilities.
* Civic groups and clubs — Richlands Masonic Lodge, Black Wolf Harley-Davidson and South Holston Ruritan Club.
* Churches — St. Dominic Catholic, First Broad Street United Methodist, St. Anne's Catholic and Valley View Freewill Baptist.
* Community hospitals — Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Clinch Valley Medical Center and Norton Community Hospital.
* Job corps — Jacobs Creek Job Corps and Flatwoods Job Corps.
* Small businesses — ACT, CGI and BAE Systems.
* Correctional facilities — Red Onion State Prison, Wallens Ridge State Prison and Keen Mountain Correctional Center.
* Career centers — Scott County Career and Technical Center and Wise County Career-Technical Center.
Campbell said the need for blood to assist patients never ceases, and he encourages any individual or group interested in holding a drive to call Marsh Regional at (423) 408-7500 or (276) 679-4669. Donor recruiters are available to provide professional assistance so the drive will achieve optimal results.
"Blood drives are wonderful community events that provide opportunities to make a palpable difference in people's lives," Campbell said. "They are an excellent supplement to our donor centers in Kingsport and Bristol and provide a convenient way for our donors to participate in this life-affirming endeavor."
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