Aurora Health Care Encourages Blood Donation During First Weeks of Caring of 2017

Caregivers respond to need for blood in 2016 with an increase in donations

January 12, 2017

Milwaukee – Aurora Health Care’s caregivers, families and community members have made saving lives through blood donation the focus of the first Weeks of Caring event of 2017. Dozens of blood drives will be held Jan. 16-22 in conjunction with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin across Aurora’s footprint.

“No one knows the importance of blood donations more than our caregivers. They see the need and the life-saving results of blood donation every day,” said Vivian King, Aurora vice president of community relations. “Aurora caregivers have stepped up and donated in record numbers in 2016 and we hope to continue those efforts with our first Weeks of Caring program in 2017.”

There will be a Weeks of Caring kickoff event and awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in the Stiemke Auditorium at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. Blood donations in 2016 at Aurora St. Luke’s almost doubled compared to donations in 2015, with more than 400 successful donations made. 

Aurora Health Care is one of the largest users of blood and blood byproducts in Wisconsin. Aurora’s caregivers have donated blood in record numbers in 2016, with more than 2,000 units donated. That is a 40 percent increase over donations made in 2015.

“Aurora Health Care’s effort to increase blood donations among its caregivers is a reflection of its deep commitment to the community,” said Bridget Smith, BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s director of donor recruitment. “Their work to increase blood drives has meant a tremendous increase in blood donations by their staff over the past year. We extend our deepest gratitude for the boundless impact they are making to save lives.” 

The Aurora Weeks of Caring program, a quarterly organized volunteer opportunity for caregivers, builds on Aurora Health Care’s longstanding tradition of community service. In 2016, caregivers contributed more than 1,200 hours to local organizations through Weeks of Caring. 

The next organized volunteer opportunity for Aurora caregivers will be held Feb. 27 to March 5, with a focus on children’s literacy.

About Aurora Health Care:
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 33,000 caregivers. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

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Don Klein

(414) 219-8950

don.klein@aurora.org

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