After a month of friendly competition, the MGH Blood Donor Center has declared a winner in the fourth annual Medical Service Blood Drive Challenge. The White 11 team emerged victorious with a 111 percent participation rate, while the Ellison 16 team was the runner-up with 99 percent participation. During the challenge — which was held throughout May — teams of MGH physicians, nurses and allied health professionals competed against one another to promote awareness about blood donation and increase the number donations made at the center. The challenge also helped lead the center to a record-breaking month. During May, the center not only posted its best donation rates in the past three years, but also tallied the most platelet donations ever and had a record number of employee donors. The teams also succeeded in surpassing their goal of reaching 300 points, with each individual whole blood donation counting for one point and a platelet donation counting for two.
A HEALTHY COMPETITION: From left to right, challenge participants Hollie O'Bryan and Aileen Gleason, RN, both of White 11; Avi Ketwaroo, MD, a resident in Medicine; and Amy Reece, RN, of White 11
"This truly was a team effort," says Susan Morash, RN, nursing director for White 11, who coordinated the drive for the medical floors. "Team captains Erin O'Neil and Aileen Gleason motivated the nurses, operations associates and unit service associates on the White 11 team to donate whole blood and platelets, and many staff members actually gave on more than one occasion." Allan Moore, MD, a fellow in the Diabetes Unit, led thephysician team; and Tanya Milosh Zinkus, program administrator in the Department of Medicine, headed up a group of administrative professionals from the department.
The Blood Donor Center is open for whole blood donations Tuesday through Thursday, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm; and Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (617) 726-8177.