Western Reserve Hospital to host blood drive on Aug. 20 and 21

Award-winning ‘Rumble at the Reserve’ offers T-shirts, prizes

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Cuyahoga Falls — On Aug. 20 and 21, Western Reserve Hospital will host the fifth annual “Rumble at the Reserve” blood drive, which this year pits the departments of medicine and surgery against each other in a motorsports racing-themed event. All donors will receive a free T-shirt and be eligible to win prizes.

The 2014 Rumble features Western Reserve Hospital’s Departments of Surgery and Medicine squaring off in a race to see which department can bring in the most donors, with the winner receiving the coveted “Rumble at the Reserve Cup.” Donors are invited to choose which department to support during the drive.

“Summer is one of the most important times to give blood, and right now there is an urgent need for blood and platelet donors,” said Dr. Patrick Blakeslee, Chairman of the Department of Medicine. “Blood donations are one of the most vitally important tools we need to be able to respond to emergencies, so we’re urging our staff and our community to donate.”

As Western Reserve Hospital’s signature outreach event, Rumble at the Reserve has won the American Red Cross “Largest One Day Hospital Blood Drive” award for three consecutive years. Last year’s blood drive took place on Aug. 22, 2013, and raised a total of 223 pints of blood — shattering previous blood drive totals and beating out 57 other competing hospitals.

“Our commitment and dedication to improving the overall health of the community is what led us to begin Rumble at the Reserve years ago,” said Dr. Eric Espinal, Chairman of the Department of Surgery. “The awards we’ve received are both validating of our history and motivating for our future.”

Debuting in 2009 as an internal employee blood drive, the event has grown in its success and has continued to break hospital records each year. This year, Western Reserve Hospital will hold the Rumble at the Reserve Blood Drive on Aug. 20 and 21.
To sign up for Rumble at the Reserve, go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter the sponsor code 44223. For questions, contact Western Reserve Hospital Community Outreach Coordinator Kathy Romito at (330)971-7408 or kromito@westernreservehospital.org.

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