On Oct. 30, the MGH Blood Donor Center recognized MGH employees who support the hospital’s mission through blood donation. Honorees gathered for a celebratory breakfast and received certificates and MGH swag bags. Top donors of whole blood and platelets also were recognized with gift cards.

Catherine Schiavo-White, billing representative in Orthopædics, started donating blood in high school and has been donating at the MGH for more than 20 years. “I like to donate because it is something I am able to do for our patients,” she says. “I know my blood donations are going to those who need them right here at MGH, and I am helping in my small way.”

The MGH Blood Donor Center provides 40 percent of the blood products used to treat patients at the hospital – 20 percent of those donations comes from employees.

“We can’t do it without this community of people,” says Robert Makar, MD, medical director of the MGH Blood Donor Center. “You are the ones who show up during blizzards and during the slower summer months. There are not words for how grateful we are for your altruistic giving of blood.”

For more information, visit the Blood Donor Center’s Facebook page, or call 617-726-8177 to make an appointment.

Read more articles from Hotline.