Read what motivates some UMMC employees to give blood, and see their advice to those who haven't yet donated.
Special Projects Coordinator,
Clinical Practice and Professional Development
Erica had never donated before starting to work at UMMC in May 2009, but has been a regular donor ever since.
"It's just so convenient - that's the thing."
Lead Nurse Recruiter,
"Giving blood doesn't take much time, and the Red Cross staff are professionals. It doesn't hurt, and I've never had a problem. If you are looking for an easy way to help others, try giving blood; you will feel very good afterwards knowing your donation can save a life."
Vice President, Perioperative Services
University of Maryland Medical Center
"I donate because it is how I feel I can give back to my community despite busy work-days/nights. We work in a medical center that handles very complicated clinical work, and as a result that work demands significant resources, of which blood and blood products are key.
Staff who are active blood donors support both community, our medical center and ultimately our patients in need. Lastly, I would add that there is also an exhilaration that comes from donating blood, and whether that is from the physiological effects of donation or the combination of that and doing something good for someone else, it is a very positive experience and one I heartily recommend."
Susan Mendley, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, and
Division Chief for Pediatric Nephrology
"I'm usually in clinic when they have blood drives. I feel bad when I miss them. But today, I was able to come." She recommends scheduling an appointment, although staff can also arrive to donate without an appointment. "When you make an appointment, then you get priority and they get you in pretty quickly."
Vice President, Ambulatory Services
"I know that some people are afraid to give blood, but to them I say, 'Try it once and see for yourself.' Giving blood is not much different from having a flu shot, it doesn't take very long, and most importantly, it helps people in need."
Shawn Trautman, BSN, RN, CCRN
Nurse, Perioperative Services and Critical Care Transport,
member of the Rapid Response Team
"I saw the flyer and said to myself, 'I haven't given blood in a while.' I was a trauma nurse on the Neurotrauma Critical Care Unit, so I've administered a lot of blood to patients. I have first-hand experience about the need for people to donate."
Payer Relations & Contracting
"Giving blood is one of the few easy things you can do to give back to the community. I have an uncle who received a lifetime achievement award from the Red Cross for the amount of blood he donated, so I'm trying to keep up the family tradition."
PC Maintenance Technician,
Information Services and Technology,
University of Maryland Medical System
"To love God is to care for one another and help when we can.”