Antelope Valley Hospital presents Eight Community Heroes with the Diamond Donor Award

Superheroes have nothing on eight local residents who have collectively donated nearly 700 pints – or about 87 gallons – of blood to the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Blood Donor Center. The hospital will recognize the newest members of its Diamond Donor Club this Saturday, July 11, at the JetHawks game. This brings the number of Diamond Donor Club members to 49.

“Blood donations are priceless pints,” said AVH Blood Donor Center Coordinator Ellen Gaines. “Together the selfless gifts from these eight individuals have impacted – and maybe even saved – the lives of 1,400 patients over the years.”

All donations through the AVH Blood Donor Center stay within the hospital. Last year more than 2,200 patients received lifesaving blood transfusions. “As a Level II trauma center it is especially important that we have an adequate blood supply on hand at all times,” noted Gaines. “Donors like these ensure that AVH is prepared to meet patients’ most critical needs at any moment.”

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