Wednesday September 15, 2021
The Red Cross of South Carolina honored Lexington Medical Center employee, Savannah Tapler, for leading her 100th blood drive for the hospital. She was presented the prestigious Red Cross Blood Drop Award along with a certificate of recognition from the Governor of South Carolina.
Under her leadership, the Red Cross has collected nearly 6,000 units of blood from those drives.
Savannah says, “It has been a privilege to partner with the American Red Cross of South Carolina and support their mission, which has become my personal passion. Working at Lexington Medical Center, I know how valuable blood products are to our patients and community. Reaching 100 blood drives is a remarkable milestone, but more importantly over 18,000 lives were impacted by the generosity of Lexington Medical Center employees. I am humbled and honored to be recognized by the Red Cross and First Lady Peggy McMaster and look forward to a continued partnership, especially during this critical time of need.”
“Not only is Savannah a wonderful Red Cross supporter, but she is also, truly, a community hero. Her work has helped saved lives not only in South Carolina, but across the country,” said Rebecca Jordan, the Executive Director of the Central Chapter. “We are excited to continue working with Savannah and Lexington Medical as we continue to encourage new blood donors.
About blood donation
To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.
Learn more at RedCrossBlood.org.