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Crystal Run Healthcare Hosts Local Blood Drives in Monroe & Newburgh


Additional drives scheduled for the coming months

Crystal Run Healthcare hosted two local blood drives to support the New York Blood Center (NYBC) on July 9th in Monroe and July 31st  in Newburgh. A total of 43 units and 32 units, respectively, were collected from donors in an ongoing effort to address the critical blood shortage in the Hudson Valley. These recent blood drives bring the total pints collected in 2019 to 127.

Another three blood drives are scheduled, including:

“Blood drives remain an important focus at Crystal Run. Team Monroe held their most recent blood drive in July which was open to staff and the community. We collected 43 units, which was the highest since we started holding drives in 2016.  The numbers tell it all: 2 seconds is how often someone needs blood; 42 days is the shelf life of donated red blood cells; 5 days is the shelf life of donated platelets; 56 days is how often we can donate blood and still 17% of non-donors cite “never thought about it” as the main reason for not giving.  The Monroe Wellness Chapter of Crystal Run will continue to get the word out to our staff and community because there still is no substitute for human blood,” said Cindy Mento, Director of Operations at Crystal Run Healthcare Monroe.

“Newburgh’s most recent blood drive resulted in the most pints collected from our site to date! We successfully collected 32 donations from members of the CRHC and Newburgh Community that potentially can save over 90 lives! Thank you to everyone at the New York Blood Center for their hard work and dedication to making the blood drive a success. We look forward to hosting more blood drives to help combat the national blood shortage,” said Kathi Ferris, Director of Operations at Crystal Run Healthcare Newburgh.

Crystal Run Healthcare supports organizations like the NYBC to help the 4.5 million Americans each year that need blood transfusions. Started 54 years ago, NYBC is one of the largest community-based non-profit blood collection and distribution organizations in the U.S. They serve more than 45 million people in the Tri-State area. Visit to find out more information on upcoming blood drives and ways to get involved.