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Otterbein University Student Nurse’s Association receives award from American Red Cross

Otterbein University Student Nurse’s Association receives award from American Red Cross

The American Red Cross honored Franklin County business and community groups for hosting blood drives throughout the past year at the 2017 Life Sharing Challenge Event. The event, held Sept. 21, honored more than 70 organizations for their blood collections during the period from July 2016 through June 2017.

The American Red Cross presented 22 first place awards and recognized blood drive sponsors in 19 different categories for top performances in blood donations.

Otterbein University Student Nurse’s Association (OUSNA) was presented with the 2nd place award in the College Division Category.

“The leadership of the Student Nurse’s Association worked directly with representatives from the Red Cross to sponsor and organize two successful blood drives Fall semester. These blood drives are just one example of the innovative ideas the OUSNA is bringing forward to support the student nurses of Otterbein and the larger community. We hope to have even greater numbers in the semesters to come,” said Leigh Anne Meyer, OUSNA faculty advisor.

The Life Sharing Challenge is a yearly competition among organizations sponsoring blood drives in a· variety of categories, including businesses, religious congregations, schools and hospitals. Organizations receive points during the year based on the number of blood drives, blood drive success, number of drives during the key summer months and holidays, number of first-time donors and employee participation.

"We simply could not fulfill our mission without the vital support from businesses and community organizations," said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. "Without these volunteers who make blood drives happen, we would not be able to support patients depending on us for potentially lifesaving blood products."

Hosting a blood drive is a big commitment, including working with the Red Cross to select a site, recruit donors and coordinate drive details. The Life Sharing Challenge Awards is a small way to recognize the hard work that goes into making a blood drive successful.

The Central Ohio Red Cross collects approximately 185,000 units of blood in Central Ohio annually, about half of which is from Franklin County alone. To learn more about blood donation or to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Otterbein University will host the first campus blood drive of 2018 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Campus Center. Please schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or online with the sponsor code: Otterbein. January is National Blood Donor Month and all presenting donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt.

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