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Watsonville office will be base for blood drives

Posted: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012

Donna Fletcher of Santa Cruz takes time Thursday to donate blood with the help of phlebotomist Helen Zilm at a Red Cross blood drive station. Fletcher said she was concerned about blood shortages on the East Coast following Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE The American Red Cross has been conducting blood drives in Santa Cruz County since the 1950s, with more than 41,000 units of blood collected in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties in the past decade.

But those efforts have always been guided from a field office in San Jose, leaving employees with long commute times and less time to conduct the drives.

Now, with a new field operations center in Watsonville, volunteers will be able to expand their services locally. The new center will be the first of its kind in Santa Cruz County.

The Northern California Blood Services Region recently signed a lease on the 2,400-square-foot business space at 125 Hangar Way. The first mobile blood drive based out of the new facility was held Oct. 31 at UC Santa Cruz, where 45 units of blood were collected.

For the complete article see the 11-03-2012 issue.

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