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primarily for surgery and trauma cases. The blood was collected in glass bottles and could only be stored for five days.

Today, Hoxworth Blood Center has a staff of 260 full and part time employees, encompassing 26 different departments with a compliment of more than 300 volunteers committed to serving the patients in our community. Hoxworth Blood Center collects approximately 90,000 units of blood on a yearly basis. Hoxworth Blood Center currently serves 31 hospitals in a 17-county region in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana and relies on 350 whole blood donors and 40 platelet donors daily to meet the needs of tri-state patients.

Within the past few years, we opened our ninth neighborhood donor center, which places Hoxworth Blood Center in Warren County, one of our higher areas of population growth.

We hosted our third annual Frequent Donors Picnic, which had over 1,100 people in attendance and was our largest donor event ever.

We continued our partnership with the Cincinnati Reds to host their second annual blood drive and the Cincinnati Bengals to host their seventh annual blood drive. In 2008, the Cincinnati Bengals blood drive was once again the largest single-day blood drive for our blood center.

Our high school program remains strong, with 12 percent of our annual collections coming from this dedicated group of students. Earlier this year, we began collecting blood from 16-year- olds with parental consent and are experiencing increases in blood drive participation in the range of 20-30 percent at schools allowing 16 year-

olds to donate. We also continue to make strides with our Minority Outreach, Recruitment, and Education (M.O.R.E.) program. In FY2007, 3.65 percent of our donations were from African Americans. In FY2008, that number rose to 3.86 percent. In FY2007, there were 92 groups that had greater than 10 percent participation from African Americans and that number rose to 99 groups the next year. In January 2009, we will host our second annual M.O.R.E. Dinner and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Ken Davis, a renowned professor of surgery and clinical anesthesia and trauma surgeon.

We recently created a new logo and branding program, and as part of our new logo launch, we are also in the process of designing and implementing a new, more streamlined website to better provide information to the community. We will have specific content that appeals to, or recognizes, our donors, coordinators, Hoxworth Blood Center employees, vendors and all other partners, as well as the recipients who use the blood we collect.

“The need for blood donations has no equal and no substitute exists for the lifesaving components we carry in all of us,” said Dr. Ronald Sacher, Director of Hoxworth Blood Center. “We are very proud of our accomplishments over the years, but we will not rest on our laurels.

Above top: Founder Dr. Paul Hoxworth donates blood.

Above: Many years ago, the staff pre- pare for a blood drive.

Photo on left page: Miss Ohio USA with Hoxworth Team: 2008 Miss Ohio Monica Day helps Hoxworth celebrate 70 years of saving lives.

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