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Local Community Raises Support for a New Bloodmobile

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Sky Lakes Medical Center will match financial donations up to the $50,000 commitment

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore., February 3, 2016 — Sky Lakes Medical Center has announced a $50,000 challenge grant to help garner support for the purchase of a new American Red Cross bloodmobile which will serve communities in southern and central Oregon. Under the terms of the grant, $100 will go toward the new bloodmobile for every unit of blood collected in Klamath County between February 1 and April 30, 2016. Additionally, Sky Lakes Medical Center will match financial donations up to the $50,000 commitment.

The Red Cross is a critical fixture in our community,” says Paul Stewart, chief executive officer at Sky Lakes Medical Center. “We see each blood donation as a testament of support of the Red Cross and the lifesaving work that is carried out by Sky Lakes Medical Center every day.”

Stewart invites southern Oregon residents to support the hospital’s commitment by visiting http://www.redcrossblood.org/pnw for a list of upcoming blood drives in Klamath County or http://www.redcross.org/cm/skylakes-pub  to make a financial donation to the new bloodmobile.

The Red Cross provides nearly 70 percent of Oregon's blood supply. Last year, the Pacific Northwest Blood Region collected more than 22,000 units of blood from donors in Klamath, Lake, Deschutes and Jackson Counties. These donations help meet the transfusion needs of patients at more than 60 Pacific Northwest Hospitals, including Sky Lakes Medical Center, Lake District Hospital, St. Charles Hospital, Ashland Community Hospital, and Rogue Regional Medical Center. The southern and central Oregon bloodmobile stationed in Klamath has collected blood from more than 200 community partners in the region, including small businesses and big box retailers, hospitals and fire departments, restaurants and retirement communities, libraries and community centers, banks and credit unions, YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs, churches and government offices, high schools and colleges.

“Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. For more than 60 years, the American Red Cross has provided safe and reliable blood services through voluntary donations in Oregon,” said CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region Amy Shlossman. “We value the incredible support of Sky Lakes Medical Center, the Klamath Medical Services Bureau Foundation, Lake District Hospital and community partners throughout Oregon whose contributions enable us to provide lifesaving blood to patients in need.”

 A new bloodmobile will: 

•          Feature state of the art technology for improved safety and reliability;

•          Reduce overall maintenance costs by replacing an aging vehicle with a new one that will cost less than half to maintain;

•          Collect more blood  due to an additional donor bed and health history booth; and

•          Provide a more pleasant donor experience.

New bloodmobiles are manufactured by Matthews Specialty Vehicles. The total capital cost and operating expenses during the first five years is $500,000 per bloodmobile. The Red Cross has raised $213,000 towards the Central and Southern Oregon bloodmobile, including $50,000 from Sky Lakes Medical Center, $25,000 for the Klamath Medical Services Bureau, $10,000 from Lake District Hospital, and nearly $28,000 from individual supporters in central and southern Oregon.  

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.