Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. In fact, one in three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused into a patient within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.
To help meet that need, select Publix Supermarkets are hosting blood drives to boost the blood supply in the community. Donors will receive a $10 Publix gift card, and potentially save lives.
Both blood drives will be held noon-6 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at these select Publix locations:
• 1500 Placida Road, Englewood.
• 24051 Peachland Blvd., Port Charlotte.
All donors will also receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including cholesterol screening.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
Dr. Klein receives award
The board of directors of the American Medical Association Foundation has named Charlotte County ophthalmologist and philanthropist Dr. David Klein a recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Medicine Awards, specifically, the Jack B. McConnell, MD Award for Excellence in Volunteerism. These awards honor physicians who represent the highest values of altruism, compassion and dedication to patient care.
“The caliber of our nominees was awe-inspiring, and your selection from such an impressive group speaks volumes in recognizing your dedication to the profession of medicine,” wrote Nancy Kyler, president of the AMA Foundation.
Dr. Klein will be honored during an awards ceremony and dinner at a future date, held in conjunction with the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago.
Ashley Maher joins foundation
The Charlotte Community Foundation has announced that Ashley Maher recently joined the organization as the director of Marketing & Development.
“Ashley has the skill set, knowledge, experience and personality to provide strategic leadership to the Foundation’s annual marketing plan, brand development and to our new ‘Charlotte Cares’ campaign,” said foundation CEO Tami Sender.
Serving previously as the director of marketing with Unity Medical, Ms. Maher has a history of working in nonprofits in addition to serving on various nonprofit boards such as the United Way of Charlotte County and Fred Lang Foundation.
“I am ready to hit the ground running,” Ms. Maher said. “We are fortunate to live in paradise — but, unfortunately, paradise can be prone to poverty. The number of requests for help from our local nonprofits in 2016 far outstripped what the foundation could fulfill. It is my hope through collaboration of donors, community partners and CCF that we will not only build the grant and scholarship programs we have, but flourish in new opportunities that strengthen our community. The Charlotte Community Foundation serves a great purpose and I’m thrilled to begin to tell our story.” ¦