New York Blood Center's supply of blood has reached an emergency level following the holiday period. As 2007 kicks off, New York Blood Center and its regional operations* have less than a 2 day supply of some blood types and urgently ask all those eligible in New York and New Jersey to donate blood immediately. Start the New Year with a resolution to give the gift of life and do your part this month during "National Volunteer Blood Donor Month."

"I want to remind everyone that giving blood regularly -- saves lives. It's that simple," said Robert L Jones, MD - New York Blood Center President & CEO. "There is no substitute for human blood and our region's only source is volunteer blood donors."

The New York/New Jersey metropolitan area requires nearly 2,000 volunteer donations daily to serve patients in our area hospitals. "We are already reducing supply to our hospital customers of O Negative and B Negative blood," adds Dr. Jones. "To avoid that situation getting worse, and the possibility of expanded blood rationing to area hospitals, we need people to understand how important blood donation is to the health of their neighbors and larger community. We appeal not only to individuals but to corporations, churches, synagogues, and schools to hold blood drives in the next few weeks to raise our levels of all blood types," Dr. Jones continued.

New York Blood Center, one of the nation's largest non-profit, community-based blood collection and distribution organizations, urges both past and new blood donors to donate this month and throughout the New Year. Four million Americans would die each year without donated blood being available. In fact, one of every three people will require a life-saving transfusion sometime in their life.

Blood and platelet donors must be at least age 16 years old in New York (17 years old in New Jersey), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in generally good health. To locate a convenient donation location in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey or the Hudson Valley, please call 1-800-933-BLOOD or go to nybloodcenter.

New York Blood Center operating regions include:

Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services, providing blood to hospitals in Brooklyn & Staten Island;

Hudson Valley Blood Services, providing blood to hospitals in the Bronx & Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster & Sullivan Counties;

Long Island Blood Services, providing blood to Queens, Nassau & Suffolk hospitals;

New Jersey Blood Services, providing blood to hospitals in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex & Passaic Counties;

New York Blood Services, providing blood to Manhattan hospitals.

New York Blood Center (NYBC), one of the nation's largest non-profit, community-based blood centers, has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to patients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut hospitals since 1964. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Milstein National Cord Blood Center, the world's first and largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs Clinical, Transfusion and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals and transfusion medicine physicians.

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