Friday, September 24, 2010

Thanking MGH blood donors

Donor recognition: Stowell, left, congratulates Chen and Temple

Last year, MGH employees donated blood more than 2,000 times at the MGH Blood Donor Center. To recognize employee donors who gave consistently over the course of the year, the center held its annual recognition breakfast Sept. 14 in the Thier Conference Room.

Christopher Stowell, MD, PhD, medical director for the Blood Donor Center, offered opening remarks. "I'd like to thank everyone for coming in this morning for breakfast. But I'd especially like to thank you all for the other times you've come in -- to donate. Many of the hospital's programs depend on the availability of blood."

Following his remarks, awards were presented to the top employee donors in 2009. Stephen Temple, of Buildings and Grounds, and GianCarlo Zolfonoon, of Volunteer Services, donated the most platelets over the course of the year. Dee Dee Chen, of Human Resources, and Constance Miller, of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, gave the most whole blood/platelet donations.

"I just wonder why more people don't give blood," said Temple. "It's so easy to do!"

For more information about the Blood Donor Center, visit

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