In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, there has been an incredible outpouring of support from our community. We’re seeing people come together to help those who have lost everything. It’s easy to feel helpless when you’re watching a disaster like this unfold from afar. We are all itching to do something. But often times, it’s … Continue reading How you can help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
For Baylor Scott & White courier Ricky Smith, delivering donated blood and platelets gets personal. “When I’m carrying a box of donations into a hospital, I often wonder if my own platelets are inside,” he said. Ricky is among a handful of faithful “regulars” at the Scott & White Blood Center, where donors have the … Continue reading Platelet donor gives gifts to encourage more blood center donations
Every eight weeks without fail, one 77-year old donates blood. He glanced down at his donor card one early October morning and saw it was time, yet again, to donate. Robert Baily keeps a diligent schedule donating blood, but this time, his donation would be one to celebrate. He called the Scott & White Blood … Continue reading Man donates his 10th gallon of blood
While other fathers and sons are bonding over golf games and hunting trips, Mike and Austin Grisham are bonding over their shared interest of donating blood. It might sound strange, but this dynamic donating duo truly enjoys their experiences giving blood. “It’s a special thing for us to donate blood together,” Mike Grisham said. “It … Continue reading Father and son bond while giving blood
Blood is a complex mixture of cells and fluid and is responsible for transporting important nutrients, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and waste products to and away from our cells. There are many characteristics of blood, and its composition can be broken down into red blood cells, platelets, and the liquid portion called plasma. Scott & White … Continue reading Picking apart blood—plasma
As a registered nurse Jonathan Ball sees the need for platelets during the course of his job every day. Jonathan is a staff nurse in the operating room at Scott & White Hospital in Temple and often has to go get blood products for patients during a surgery. “I go to pick up platelets during an … Continue reading Meet Jonathan, Hometown Hero
As the Chief Technologist of Transfusion Services at Scott & White Blood Center, Jennifer “Jenny” Harvey knows all too well the blood demands of a healthcare system. And, as a parent of a child who received lifesaving blood transfusions, she also knows how essential it is to give blood regularly. Jenny has been donating for … Continue reading Meet Jenny, Hometown Hero
As a firefighter and paramedic with the City of Temple, Thomas Pechal has witnessed countless emergencies and tragedies in the line of duty. For more than 30 years, this Bell County native has been answering the call to help people. Thomas has been donating blood over 16 years and he has recently begun donating platelets … Continue reading Meet Thomas, Hometown Hero
When tragedy strikes, people want to help. They want to lend a hand, or in many cases, an arm. Giving blood is often the first thing volunteers do to help their fellow man. But other than knowing that you’ve helped fill a need, there might also be some benefits to your health when you roll … Continue reading Could donating blood be good for you?
Advertisements urging you to donate blood are everywhere—on signs, in brochures in the doctor’s office, and on the sides of buses. You see them. You read them. But the desire and urgency to give may not register with you until it’s you or a loved one who needs this vital, life-giving material. For many patients … Continue reading How can my blood platelets save lives?