Falls Church, VA – The World Health Organization established World Blood Donor Day as a celebration of all blood donors. Every year on June 14, Inova Blood Donor Services and blood collection organizations all around the world provide special recognition of the gift of life that our donors provide.
The history of the recognition day relates to the memorial of Karl Landsteiner, a former Nobel Prize recipient for the discovery of the ABO blood group system. Without Landsteiner’s research, the transfusion medicine world would not have advanced to where it is today.
This summer, blood centers across the country are at critically low levels for nearly all blood types. Please take the time to make an appointment to donate on June 14, or whenever you have time, to help boost the blood supply and ensure there is an adequate supply for our community in case of accidents and emergencies. There is no substitute for blood when needed for patient care – it can only come from volunteer donors like you. All donors who donate on World Blood Donor Day will receive an exclusive t-shirt as a thank-you gift.
Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 20,000 team members provide more than 2 million patient visits each year through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes.
Inova’s five hospitals are consistently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for excellence in healthcare.
Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds. More information about Inova can be found at inova.org.
Inova Blood Donor Services plays a critical role in the region by supporting the majority of hospitals in the Washington, DC, region, including all Inova hospitals, with a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in the community we serve. To support the needs of the region, Inova Blood Donor Services must collect 200 units a day from generous blood, platelet, plasma and double red cell donors.