Be a Hero: Give Blood at FHN Blood Drive June 2

FREEPORT, Ill., May 24, 2016 — As warm-weather activities ramp up and people become busier, the need for blood doesn’t decrease. The Rock River Valley Blood Center must collect more than 1,000 units of blood each week to meet the needs of the eight hospitals it serves, including FHN and all three Rockford hospitals.

You can help fill the need. FHN and the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) are holding a day-long blood drive at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport on Thursday, June 2.

The drive will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Globe and Deaconess rooms on the hospital’s lower level, and is open to the public. Appointments are encouraged; please call 815-599-6214 for more information or to set up an appointment to donate.

“The Rock River Valley Blood Center does a tremendous job of keeping blood and blood products available to FHN’s patients 365 days a year, so we hope that we can show our support with a great turnout, even during summer vacation season,” said Judith Otte, senior blood bank technologist at FHN and one of the organizers of the event.

Anyone in good health, at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with parental consent) and at least 100 pounds can donate blood every 56 days. Donors should bring a photo ID and have plenty to eat and drink the day they plan to donate.

For more information on donating blood, visit the Rock River Valley Blood Center’s website at

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 22 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational and chiropractic health services, dental care and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit

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