LAKE ZURICH, Ill., December 8, 2014 – Fresenius Kabi announced today it has inducted 12 people into the Fenwal Blood Donation Hall of Fame for 2014. For more than 15 years, the Fenwal Blood Donation Hall of Fame has recognized individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to blood donation, either through their own donations or enabling the donations of others.
The U.S. blood supply relies on blood donors to assure a safe and reliable supply of lifesaving blood and blood components to treat patients.
The 2014 inductees are:
- Dan Dye, nominated by American Red Cross, Carolinas Region
- Martha Herbert and Sandy Middleton, nominated by American Red Cross, South Carolina
- Rick Herndon, nominated by American Red Cross, Tri-Cities Donor Center
- Michael Zapata Jr. nominated by American Red Cross, Carolinas Region
- Michael Desjardins, nominated by American Red Cross, Portland Blood Donor Center
- April Meyers, nominated by Hoxworth Blood Center
- James G. Morgan, nominated by Hoxworth Blood Center
- Dan Davis, nominated by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Pheresis Center, St. Louis, MO
- Mike Gorton, nominated by BloodSource
- BM2 (SW) Rio Flores, nominated by Training Support Center, Great Lakes Blood Donor Site Coordinator for the Armed Services Blood Program
- Nancy Umstead, nominated by Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center Cape Fear Valley Health, Fayetteville, NC
- Al Whitney, Platelets Across America, nominated by Aultman Blood Center
“Since 1998, first Fenwal and now Fresenius Kabi, has partnered with blood centers in the United States to honor individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to ensure that blood, a life-saving resource for which there is no substitute, is always available,” said Dean Gregory, president, medical devices at Fresenius Kabi USA.
This year’s inductees cover a wide range of ages and each has a unique story to share. These stories have been compiled into a specialized product-dating calendar used by blood centers throughout the country.
To learn more about this year’s Donation Hall of Fame inductees or to submit a nomination, please visit www.fenwalinc.com/DonationHallOfFame.
About the need for blood and blood donation
On average, approximately 41,000 units of blood are needed every day throughout the United States. One accident victim may need up to 100 units of red blood cells.
When donating blood, people give a pint of whole blood, or donate a specific blood component via an automated system. With whole blood, further processing is required to separate the unit into its therapeutic components—typically red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. When donating on an automated system, donors typically give the same amount of blood, but more of the component that is in highest demand depending on their donor characteristics and blood type. A total of 30 million blood components are transfused annually in the United States. To make a blood donation or to learn more about donating blood, please contact your local blood center.
About Fresenius Kabi
Fresenius Kabi (www.fresenius-kabi.us) is a global health care company that specializes in lifesaving medicines and medical devices for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. The company’s products and services are used to help care for critically and chronically ill patients. The company’s U.S. headquarters is in Lake Zurich, Illinois. The company’s global headquarters is in Bad Homburg, Germany. For more information about Fresenius Kabi worldwide, please visit www.fresenius-kabi.com.