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12th annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” event helps the community blood supply

The 12th annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood drive ended with tremendous success.  The Aug. 1 blood drive was a friendly competition between Worthington / Nobles County law enforcement and Worthington Fire Department / EMS.  In the end it was the Worthington Fire / EMS winning with 83 donations compared to 41 for Worthington / Nobles County law enforcement.

A total of 135 community members participated in this blood drive event, and up to 327 lives will benefit from the blood collected.  During the blood drive, donors could designate their donation to the department of their choice.  Up to this point, the Worthington Fire Department / EMS has won the traveling trophy nine times and the Worthington / Nobles County Law Enforcement has won it twice.  All the blood collected helped local patients.   

“This was a very successful event,” said Ken Versteeg, executive director of the Community Blood Bank.  “The summer is a very difficult time for the blood supply, primarily due to a decrease in donations and a consistent need for blood within the community.  This was a well-attended event and will make a difference in many local lives.”     

Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to Sanford Worthington and 28 other local hospitals.  For more information about blood drives, donating blood or how to schedule the bloodmobile log onto .

About Sanford Worthington
Based in Worthington, Minnesota, Sanford Worthington includes Sanford Worthington Medical Center, Sanford Worthington Clinic, Sanford Worthington Acute Care Clinic, Sanford Worthington Surgery Clinic, Sanford Worthington Outreach Specialty Clinic, Sanford Worthington OB-GYN Clinic, Sanford Worthington Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Sanford Worthington Cancer Center.

Sanford Worthington Medical Center is a 48-bed facility offering services in medical, diagnostic, therapy and outreach, surgery, women’s health care, emergency and acute care. It includes 23 providers and over 400 employees and is a member of Sanford Health, an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. Sanford Health is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries.
Posted Date: August 2017