In 2004, Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Chartier determined that Mountain West Medical Center should be a leader in Utah for blood donation collection.
“Even though I was fairly new to Tooele, it was easy to see that this is a strong, vibrant community of people who care about each other,” she stated. “There was no reason that we shouldn’t be a leader amongst rural hospitals in Utah in our blood drive efforts, as we are in so many other areas.”
In 2003, the hospital came in third amongst rural hospitals, with 61 units of blood collected through two separate blood drives. According to drive coordinator Stephanie Reinicke, these were impressive results for the hospital. “It was particularly impressive, “ notes Reinicke, “when you realize that more than half of hose donating were hospital employees.”
The leader in this drive in 2004 was Logan Regional Hospital, which was able to collect 155 units of blood, more than double the volume collected at Mountain West Medical Center. However, this year, Chartier’s prediction was realized, as Mountain West Medical Center exceeded Logan Regional Hospital’s benchmark by more than 20 units, collecting nearly 180 units and came in first amongst rural hospitals in the state of Utah. Other rural hospitals participated in the blood drives this year, with varying results:
Mountain West Medical Center
Dixie Regional Medical Center
Valley View Medical Center
Garden City Health Center
South Lincoln Medical Center (Wyo.)
Sevier Valley Hospital
Sanpete Valley Hospital
Evanston Regional Medical Center
Blood collected during these drives provides critical life-sustaining support for people who undergo surgery, are critically ill or who have been injured.
“In an emergency,” says Chuck Davis, CEO of Mountain West Medical Center, “blood collected during our blood drives can literally mean the difference between life and death. I’m so proud of our staff and our community for putting us at the top of the list of those concerned about this issue.”
Mountain West Medical Center will be sponsoring a blood drive at the hospital June 29, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The blood drive will take place in the Education Center at Mountain West. Community members are encouraged to take a few minutes to participate in the drive.
For more information about blood drives at Mountain West Medical Center, contact Stephanie Reinicke at (435) 843- 3704.