Grand River Medical Center blood drive rescheduled for Monday |

Grand River Medical Center blood drive rescheduled for Monday

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado – The St. Mary’s Blood Mobile broke down early Tuesday morning, postponing the local blood drive that was scheduled for Grand River Medical Center that same morning.

“We had to cancel [Tuesday] but we did reschedule for next week,” said donor recruiter for St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center in Grand Junction, Jill Breman.

“We apologize for the inconvenience it may have caused people,” Breman said. “But these things happen.”

Breman said that a faulty generator on the blood mobile caused the cancellation, until the generator could be fixed.

The blood mobile was scheduled to be at Grand River Medical Center in Rifle from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 6. But according to Grand River Hospital District spokeswoman Sarah Tohvonen there weren’t too many people turned away.

“We got the notification early Tuesday morning, about the generator,” she said. “I know that we had some employees show up [to give blood], but we had the front desk explaining to people what had happened.”

The Blood Mobile is now scheduled to come to Rifle on Monday, July 12 and will be at the Grand River Medical Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Donors will also receive a free cholesterol screening, and free mini physical when they donate at the Blood Mobile. According to Breman, donated blood is always in demand.

“It’s always needed,” she said. “Whole blood only lasts 42 days on the shelf, so there is always a need for it.”

The Blood Mobile will also visit Rifle on Friday, July 23 at two locations including: The Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle from noon to 2 p.m., and Alpine Bank on Airport Road from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

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