Friday, October 14, 2011

Blood donors honored at annual breakfast


TOP DONORS: From left, Miller, Ethier, Reske
and Schiavo-White


For Irene Reske, applications systems analyst in the Information Systems department, the decision to be a blood donor is an easy one. “I’m very involved in my church and I see a lot of women who are going through cancer therapies,” Reske says. “When I see somebody going through that and then realize I’m able and healthy – and that a unit of blood can help up to three patients – it’s just so easy.”

Reske was honored Oct. 5 during the 2011 Employee Blood Donor Recognition celebration for donating whole blood six times in the past year. She shared the spotlight as a top donor with Catherine Schiavo-White, billing representative in the Department of Orthopædics, and Constance Miller, researcher at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Renee Ethier, aquatics facility manager in the Craniofacial Developmental Biology Laboratory, was recognized as MGH’s top platelet donor. They each received a signed, hardcover copy of the book Something in the Ether: A Bicentennial History of Massachusetts General Hospital, 1811-2011.

The annual event also paid tribute to staff who have donated blood four or more times during the past year. Honorees were presented with a certificate and MGH Blood Donor Center logo water bottle and treated to a buffet breakfast.  “It helps MGH and it’s a great thing for MGH employees to do,” says honoree Debra Thiboutot, finance director, Proton Beam Federal Share.

For more information about the Blood Donor Center, call 617-726-8177.

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