SSM Health in Illinois seeks blood donations

June 10, 2020

As many procedures and appointments resume at SSM Health hospitals and other facilities, blood donations are needed to ensure patients can receive the care they need. The donation is made in a safe environment and enables community members to help their neighbor, just as so many did in the days before COVID-19.

The next blood drive at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital is Friday, June 19th from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Weight Management and Metabolic Center, located at 5 Good Samaritan Way.

The blood drive is being held in conjunction with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Over the last couple months, demand for blood components had dropped to approximately 60 percent of normal levels. As medical care resumes at hospitals and clinics, utilization has increased and is now approaching pre-pandemic levels.

Prior to giving blood, donors are screened for any symptoms of illness. Donors also are asked to fill out a health history questionnaire, which can often be done online.

All staff and blood donors are required to wear a mask or face covering. A face covering is provided to donors who do not bring their own. Extra space is created between donors to ensure social distancing, as well as in the post-donation refreshment area.

Appointments for the blood drive are required. To sign up, please visit: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center or call 866-448-3253.

About SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Mt. Vernon
SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, is a 134-bed hospital with the only open heart surgery program in the region, has two robots for minimally invasive surgery, a comprehensive neurosciences program, and a pediatric emergency and NICU telemedicine program operated in conjunction with the physicians at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. In 2016, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital was named a “Best Hospital” by US News and World Report for treatment of congestive heart failure. In recent years, Healthgrades has presented SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital with the Patient Safety Excellence Award, Outstanding Patient Experience Award, and the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

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About SSM Health
SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system. The organization’s nearly 40,000 employees and 11,000 providers are committed to providing exceptional health care services and revealing God’s healing presence to everyone they serve.

With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, SSM Health includes 23 hospitals, more than 290 physician offices and other outpatient and virtual care services, 10 post-acute facilities, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a pharmacy benefit company, a health insurance company and an accountable care organization. It is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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