Donors urged to make up deficit

FALLS CHURCH, VA (October 1, 2013) – As a result of the federal government shut down, four federal agency blood drives have been canceled resulting in a projected loss of over 300 voluntary donations. Those lost donations would have supported the transfusion needs of 900 patients across Maryland, DC and Virginia. Inova Blood Donor Services provides blood to 24 hospitals in the region and is urgently requesting donors to give blood at the following locations:

Blood Donor Center Hours – Wednesday, October 2
CenterMed Donor Center            Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Dulles Donor Center                   10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Woodburn Donor Center             Noon to 8:00 p.m.

Blood Donor Center Hours – Thursday, October 3
CenterMed Donor Center            Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Dulles Donor Center                   10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  (Special Hours – Will be open)
Woodburn Donor Center             10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Media Contact: Rebecca Manarchuck571-434-3656 (office), 571-220-1961 (cell)

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About Inova
Inova is a not-for-profit health care system located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, serving over two million people with over 1,700 licensed beds based in Northern Virginia. Inova consists of five hospitals including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Inova encompasses many health services including the nationally and internationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) on genomics, Inova Neuroscience Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital. Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.