Tower Health facilities hosting series of blood drives to boost donations

As blood centers across the US continue to face critical shortages of blood donations, Tower Health will host two upcoming blood donation events.

The health system encourages the community to donate blood to their local blood banks to ensure local hospitals have adequate supply. Individuals interested in donating can schedule appointments at Miller-Keystone Blood Center or the American Red Cross.

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Upcoming events include:

Reading Hospital, Thursday, July 28, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tower Behavioral Health, Wednesday, August 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Reading Hospital and Tower Behavioral Health events are open to the public and appointments are required. Participants can make an appointment at Tower Behavioral Health online at by calling the American Red Cross at 800-733-2767 or Tower Behavioral Health at 484-659-2300. Appointments for the Reading Hospital event can be made online at using sponsor code 3233.

“We get a phenomenal response from our employees and community members when we schedule blood donation events,” said P. Sue Perrotty.

“I’m so thankful to our partners at the American Red Cross and Miller-Keystone Blood Center for their ongoing efforts to ensure all hospitals in our communities have the necessary supply of blood to save the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors. To my colleagues at Tower Health and our community members who have registered to donate, thank you for making a difference.”

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be 16 years of age or older and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Individuals are eligible to donate whole blood every 56 days.

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