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The Regional Medical Center recently held its 45th annual Blood Assurance Program Appreciation Banquet to recognize the many donors and sponsor groups who have helped replenish the community’s blood supply.

Held May 7 at the Family Life Center in Orangeburg, the program opened with a warm welcome and remarks from RMC Vice President of Operations Matthew Hinkle.

“Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. All it takes is a single donation to potentially save up to three lives,” Hinkle said. “With less than 38 percent of the population eligible, we are thankful for your desire and commitment to help give the gift of life."

Following a blessing by Chaplain Paul Hamilton, RMC Vice President of Strategy and Marketing Carol Koenecke-Grant recognized lifetime donors George Kerr (20 gallons); Rex Williams (17 gallons); Gary Auton, Leonard Felkel and Lois Porth (16 gallons each).

The top three sponsor groups were Branchville High School, Edisto High School and SI Group.

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Attendees were treated to a live performance by The Lugnutz, a local band that plays classic and original tunes from the jazz and rock genres.

RMC’s Blood Assurance Program celebrated the collection of 2,182 units of blood in 2018. RMC’s Blood Donor Center collected 1,254 units, while the RMC Bloodmobile was credited with 928 units.

RMC is one of only two independent, community-based blood donor programs in South Carolina. All of the blood collected at RMC’s Blood Donor Center and Bloodmobile stays in the community.

The RMC Blood Donor Center’s hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment to donate blood or to ask about hosting a blood drive, please contact RMC’s Blood Donor Center at 803-395-2419 or toll free at 1-800-476-3377, ext. 2419.

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