Rolling up their sleeves when it's needed most
The FDA reminded the public in early April that the COVID-19 pandemic had caused unprecedented challenges to the U.S. blood supply. Donor centers experienced a dramatic reduction in donations due to the implementation of social distancing and the cancellation of blood drives.
Thanks, in part, to many CCHC employees, the blood program has collected 620 units of blood since March 18, when the pandemic became apparent on-Cape.
“One highlight throughout this process is the number of new donors we have seen. During this time, we have had 379 new donors introduced to the Cape Cod Healthcare blood donation program which has been wonderful to see,” said Jonathan DeCoste, senior blood donor recruiter.
“We also have had days when multiple members of the same family all come out to donate. At one drive, seven members of the same family all came out to give. What a great surprise!”
Most of the drives have been held at the 4 Bayview Street location – normally home of the physician recruiting office and the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support team, but during the pandemic, this site has functioned as the center for blood drives.
“Donors have been coming from near and far to Hyannis to donate. We have had donors come from Falmouth, Wareham, Plymouth, Chatham, Eastham to donate at 4 Bayview Street. Their commitment to help support our patients in need has been wonderful to see,” said Jonathan.
Read more about the need for blood and ways to donate.