Richmond, TX– OakBend Medical Center held a blood drive on June 13th to honor the Santa Fe High School Victims. Employees across the OakBend campuses came to Jackson Street to give blood to help replenish the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s blood supply.
Donations included whole blood, plasma and double red cells. In fact, every donation received can help save as many as three lives. Whole blood donations are separated into three components: plasma, platelets and red blood cells. The double red cell donations allow the donor to give twice the amount of red cells. These cells are the most use components of blood and are used in connection with surgery, trauma and treatment of blood disorders. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood. It transports the red and white blood cells and platelets (which control bleeding, fighting infection and provide nutrients). Burn and trauma patients are frequently given plasma to replace fluid loss.
Brandon Wiley, Manager of Dietary Services, admitted he was a bit reluctant to give blood but with some encouragement of his co-workers, he stepped up to the challenge. “It’s a good thing to do,” he acknowledged and in the end was glad that he could help save a life.
About OakBend Medical Center:
OakBend Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community hospital based in Fort Bend County, providing exemplary service in its three full-service hospitals and many specialty centers. As a community hospital system, caring for our patients is personal. Our patients are our neighbors, our family, and our friends. We act with integrity and compassion, each of our staff takes ownership of providing the highest quality care and we have an absolute commitment to excellence in all that we do.
OakBend Medical Center distinguishes itself among its healthcare peers in Fort Bend County by housing several unique programs and facilities including:
- No Wait Emergency Room
- Hospital-based Skilled Nursing Facility
- Neonatal ICU – Level II
- Advanced Trauma Program
- Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit
- Geriatric Psychiatric Program
- Permanent Hospital-based Air Ambulance