Regional Medical Center thanks blood donors for helping save lives



Tim Abell, a Vietnam Veteran and
retired educator whose life has been
saved by donated blood on three
separate occasions, talks about the
importance of giving blood.


RMC Blood Assurance
Technicians from left to right:
Jessi Mooney, MLT (ASCP);
Tabitha Felder, MLT (ASCP);
Liz Ogden, NCCT (Phlebotomy
Technician); and Judy Wolfe,

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) recently held its 44th Annual Blood Assurance Program Appreciation Banquet to recognize the many donors and sponsor groups who have helped to replenish the community’s blood supply.

Held at the Family Life Center in Orangeburg on June 21, the program opened with a warm welcome and remarks from RMC President & CEO Charles Williams. "What always amazes me is how one blood donation can save up to three lives," said Williams. "My sincere thanks to all of our donors for your commitment and dedication to giving blood and saving lives."

Following a blessing by the Reverend Paul Hamilton, RMC Vice President of Operations Seth Goldwire introduced speaker Tim Abell, a decorated Vietnam Veteran and retired educator whose life has been saved by blood transfusions on three separate occasions.

Attendees were also treated to a performance of Chopin Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38 by solo pianist Sydney Porth, a 2016 graduate of South Carolina’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities who currently attends The Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

The Rev. Dr. Caesar Richburg, chairman of the RMC Board of Trustees, closed the program with remarks and a special note of thanks to all of the donors.

By all accounts, this year's event was an all-around success, as attendees celebrated the collection of 2,821 units of blood in 2017. RMC’s Blood Donor Center collected 1,539 units, while the RMC Bloodmobile was credited with 1,282 units.

The top five sponsor groups for 2017 were Edisto High School, SI Group, Branchville High School, Husqvarna and Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing Company. Additionally, three lifetime donors were recognized for donating a combined 68 gallons of blood. David Linder has given 27 gallons; David Nivens, 22 gallons; and Tom Kerr, 19 gallons.

Accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks and the Food and Drug Administration, RMC is one of only two independent, community-based blood donor programs in South Carolina. Moreover, all of the blood collected at RMC’s Blood Donor Center and Bloodmobile stays in the community.

The RMC Blood Donor Center’s summer hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment to donate blood or to ask about hosting a blood drive, please contact RMC’s Blood Donor Center at 803-395-2419 or toll free at 1-800-476-3377, ext. 2419.

About the Regional Medical Center

Owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, the Regional Medical Center (RMC) health system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital certified by The Joint Commission and 24 primary care and specialty care practices. RMC has advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and is designated as a Level III Trauma Center by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

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