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 healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people each year from throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond.  Inova is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care practices, and health and wellness initiatives.

Inova encompasses the full array of health services, including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We are home to many nationally and internationally recognized programs, including Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), and the Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute.

More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.