Fall blood drive results: 54 units, 40 percent increase

November 08, 2010

Thanks to the unselfishness of the campus and community, Penn State New Kensington donated 54 units of blood during the semi-annual blood drive on Sept. 22. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends showed that the blue and white of Penn State could bleed red for the community. The donations helped increase the blood supply in the local community in the Alle-Kiski Valley. The 54 units, second highest in campus history, represent a 40 percent increase over 2009. The staff of the Alle-Kiski Medical Center reported that not only did the red cell units increase their inventory, but that they were able to make platelets and fresh frozen plasma so several patients at AKMC could benefit from the one donation. Since 2006, the campus community and alumni have donated nearly 500 units of blood to AKMC for use in the local area. The blood drive was made possible through the efforts of donors, canteen volunteers and Elaine Zarichnak, the campus nurse. The next campus blood drive is in April. Donors are eligible again in 56 days after giving, so the campus community doesn't have to wait until the spring drive to give blood.


(Media Contacts)

Last Updated November 09, 2010