Rotary needs workers for blood screening

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BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Rotary Club and  St. Joseph’s Hospital are once again teaming up to stage the annual fall blood drive community members have come to count on.

But this autumn, Rotary leadership has found itself scrambling to find enough Rotarians and other volunteers to work the blood drives, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 11 from 6:30 to
10 a.m. at both Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School and Community Care of West Virginia (formerly known as the Tri-County Health Clinic) in Rock Cave.

“The blood drive is a major, major issue at this point,” president Dr. Dan Martin told the Buckhannon Rotary club at its weekly meeting Tuesday. “We need hands, we need volunteers. All of us need to contact other Rotarians. This is big for us as far as the money we give back to the community.”

Martin estimated the club needs 16-20 volunteers to successfully pull off the screenings. Anyone in the community who isn’t a Rotarian but wishes to help is urged to contact a Rotarian, he said. Not only do the spring and fall blood screenings provide money for the club to funnel back into the community via service projects, they also give local people a chance to catch potential diseases early before they progress too far, Martin said.

“All the money we make from this is either recycled back into the community or to humanitarian causes in the world at large based on our motto ‘service above self,’” Martin said. “Not only that, but this gives people an opportunity to get screened for conditions that could be treated in a more timely manner. And we do have examples of that, where someone has found out about something in November and was really glad they didn’t wait until the following summer.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the screenings should email Martin at [email protected]

At the screenings, basic blood profile tests will be available for $35, and no appointments are necessary; simply fast for 12 hours prior to your screening. Optional testing will also be provided at the following rates: $5 for thyroid screenings, $5 for colon cancer screenings, $15 for Hemoglobin A1C (diabetes) screenings and $20 for prostate screenings (men only). Cash and personal checks will be accepted, and test results can either be mailed to a patient’s home or his or her physician.

Questions? Contact Lisa Wharton, vice president for marketing, public relations and foundation at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 304-473-2138.

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