Thursday, September 27, 2012

Giving Blood Is Good For Your Health

AMA Study Reports Regular Blood Donors Have Fewer Heart Attacks and Strokes

WHAT:  Many know that donating blood saves lives, but the life you save just may be your own.

“Excessive iron is believed to contribute to heart disease and donating blood reduces the iron stores in the body,” said Ivan Pacold, MD, chair, Cardiology Department, Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. “Plus you get a mini-assessment each time you give blood to reinforce wellness."

Hospital staff at Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital are rolling up their sleeves and donating blood in an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, Sept. 28.

“Blood can only be obtained through human donation; there is no synthetic substitute for blood,” Pacold said. “One pint of blood can help up to three people in need; four if you include the donor.” An American Medical Association study reports that giving blood every six months led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in participants ages 43 to 61. Each donor has their temperature taken, pulse checked, blood pressure and blood count measured.

WHO:  Nurses, technicians, phlebotomists, physicians and more who care for patients around-the-clock at Loyola University Health System are also voluntarily donating their own blood to help those in need.

WHEN:  9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28

WHERE:  Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave. Melrose Park, Ill.

MEDIA:  Please call Stasia Thompson at (708) 417-5036

WHY: Capture nurses, doctors and hospital staff donating blood to help others.

Talk to medical staff about why they give.

Learn about changes in blood donation rules including newer Illinois tattoo laws.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.