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Release Date: 09/16/2014

Pawtucket’s Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island today dedicated the Main Lobby Waiting Room in honor of its own and its employees’ commitment to blood donation.

The Main Lobby Waiting Room was dedicated as a Seasons’ Pass room. The Rhode Island Blood Center’s Seasons’ Pass program was initiated 12 years ago, to recognize and thank four-time-a-year blood donors and four-time-a-year blood drive sponsors.

Since the program began, the number of four time a year donors has more than doubled to over 10,000. Conservatively in its first 11 years more than 55,000 additional pints of blood have been collected because of the program, meaning that more than 165,000 individuals and families have been given hope and life – virtually the population of Providence.

Memorial Hospital, which has been running four or more blood drives a year, held its first blood drive in November 1980. Since then, hospital blood drives have collected nearly 6,200 pints of blood. Each pint of blood that is collected is separated into three components, distributed to three different recipients, resulting in the Memorial blood drive program potentially helping well over 18,000 individuals.

By dedicating the room to the Seasons’ Pass program, Memorial Hospital joins Kent Hospital, Met Life and Schneider Electric honoring frequent blood donors through its recognition of the Seasons’ Pass program. Kent, Met Life and Schneider Electric have all dedicated walls in prominent locations, demonstrating their pride in being among the most active blood donation sponsor groups.

At the press conference, Michael Gama, a former Narragansett police officer, shared his story of survival. Michael, who was suffering from leukemia, received a marrow transplant and several blood transfusions on his road to recovery. Recently, he met his marrow donor, Catherine Prince of North Carolina at an event sponsored by the Rhode Island Blood Center.

Edward Schottland, acting president, Memorial Hospital, praised the dedication of blood donors and the hospital’s commitment to blood donation. Scott Asadorian, the Rhode Island Blood Center’s chief operating officer, recognized that it is organizations like Memorial Hospital that help assure a regular and consistent blood supply for patients that need it. Christine McIntyre-Hannon, this year’s Seasons’ Pass artist signed prints of her painting for four-time-a-year donors.

About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.

Memorial provides health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts including oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, rehabilitation, pain management, and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts.