SVMC Hosts Blood Drive March 31

February 17, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—February 17, 2016—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 in its employee cafeteria.

This drive provides an opportunity to make a double donation of red blood cells. Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component and are needed by almost every type of patient requiring transfusion. Double red cell donation is done with the help of a special machine which collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. Choosing to donate double the red blood cells is a way to make a greater impact during a single donation. To learn more, search "double red blood cell donation” at

In addition, Red Cross blood donor eligibility requirements have changed recently. Those who have been deferred from donating in the past are encouraged to check their eligibility again. The website has more information about eligibility. Potential donors can also call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information about whether they are eligible to donate.

To make an appointment to donate, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well. Those who are unfamiliar with the SVMC campus may stop at the information desk for directions to the drive.

About SVHC:

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit