Black History Month – Week 1 Fun Fact! 

In 1933 Dr. Charles Drew graduated second in his class with both his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery Degrees from McGill University in Montreal. While obtaining his Medical Degree from McGill he gained numerous academic honors; the J. Francis Williams prize in medicine, the annual neuroanatomy prize & scholarship and an election to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. As a young boy Dr. Drew excelled as a start athlete which he continued into his graduate studies, winning Canadian championships in several track events for McGill.  

Changes in Acceptable Guidelines for Total Red Cell Loss 

Heartland Blood Centers had recently adjusted maximum red cell loss volumes due to additional testing requirements. To ensure donors do not exceed acceptable levels, a change in eligibility has been implemented. Effectively immediately, donors are eligible to donate red cells every 8 weeks but no more than 6 times in a 12 month period.