A South Side hospital is gearing-up for its annual blood drive, an effort made more urgent this summer by a spike in violent crime.
St Bernard Hospital in Englewood is not a Level One trauma center but it sees more than its share.
For example, three shooting victims drove themselves there last Wednesday night. All were critically wounded. One died. They’re either treated and released or treated and transported, either way, they need help. And so does this hospital.
“We may get someone who’s been shot in the arm or a leg, and they’re treated here and discharged. But that still takes blood,” says St Bernard’s Derek Michaels. “And this summer we’ve been seeing unfortunately quite a few of those. On a weekly basis we see quite a number of gunshot victims.”
While shootings are a big factor in the increased need for blood, they’re just one factor. Right now, a shortage of donors is an even bigger problem.
They’re hoping a lot of them will show up this year, one week from Friday, to help out.