With four blood drives throughout the year, OrthoVirginia employees provided Virginia Blood Services (VBS) with a record 60 pints of blood in 2011, a 35% incrase from OrthoVirginia’s 2010 level. Since the drives began in 2009, a total of 147 pints have been donated. Laboratories at VBS separate each pint into its components, made up of red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Every pint can help up to three patients with differing conditions and diseases.
VBS supplies lifesaving blood to hospital patients in Richmond, Charlottesville, Farmville, Fishersville, Emporia, Harrisonburg, Hopewell, South Hill, and the Staunton/Waynesboro area. And because there is no substitute for blood, the organization depends on responsible and committed donors in communities to help patients. Not only does VBS provide the blood for nearly two thirds of the patients receiving organ transplants in Virginia, it is one of the largest volunteer efforts in Central Virginia. Last year nearly 70,000 volunteers donated blood with VBS.