FASTMED Launches 2nd Annual Urgent Care Blood Drive with Red Cross Johnston County

Clayton, NC – February 3, 2014 – This February 18th from 10 AM to 2:30 PM FastMed Urgent Care will partner with the Red Cross in Johnston County to hold an Urgent Care Red Cross Blood drive at the Clayton Community Center in Clayton, NC as part of the FastMed Cares Community Outreach Program.  All donors and participants will receive a special thank you gift from FastMed Urgent Care.

The drive encourages everyone in the community to donate blood or volunteer time to benefit accident victims, cancer patients, surgical candidates, children with blood disorders and many others in Clayton and Johnston Counties as well as our surrounding communities.  Most people know a family member, friend or colleague who has needed a lifesaving medical treatment or procedure involving blood transfusions, which would not be possible without a safe and reliable blood supply from local donors.

As many as 44,000 blood donations are needed every day to meet the needs of Americans across the country.  A single blood donation to the Red Cross can help save up to three lives.

Giving blood is not the only way to contribute to the blood drive.  Volunteering and giving the gift of time are both greatly appreciated and essential to the success of the FastMed-Red Cross event on February 18th.

Volunteering also means helping to promote the Clayton blood drive to the entire community, which will give everyone a chance to participate and help the Red Cross reach the blood drive goals we have set in Johnston County and the surrounding area.  One of the most common reasons people so not donate blood is that they’ve never been asked.

Save the date!
February 18 – 10 AM – 2:30 PM
Clayton Community Center
715 Amelia Church Rd. | Clayton, NC 27520 

Important participation information
Blood Donors Must:

  1. Be healthy - meaning the donor feels well and can perform normal activities
  2. Be at least 17 years old in most states
  3. Weigh at least 110 lbs.

During the initial interview Red Cross Volunteers will ask a series of questions to verify eligibility, such as current medications, general health considerations (recent flu or a sinus infections) and any personal medical conditions that may affect your eligibility.  To learn about the Red Cross’s complete list of criteria click here.

How to prepare:

  1. Hydrate
  2. Wear something comfortable
  3. Eat a healthy dose of iron-rich foods in your diet a few weeks before donation
  4. Bring a list of your current medications, your ID and a friend to donate with you

After donating to the Red Cross:

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate – throughout the rest of the day
  2. Avoid heavy lifting or exercise
  3. Accept our thanks and the thanks of those who need your blood donation!

For information on the Red Cross Donation Process, watch this short YouTube video on how your donation gets to those that are in need.  

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies approximately 40 percent of the nation's blood, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a non-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 About FastMed Urgent Care:
FastMed Urgent Care is an owner and operator of urgent care facilities with locations throughout North Carolina and Arizona.  FastMed focuses on the delivery of non-appointment based medicine to the non-emergency patient market.  The urgent care centers are open 365 days a year and are staffed with experienced and licensed physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.  For more information, please visit www.fastmed.com.  FastMed is managed by an affiliated entity of one of the investment funds of the Comvest Group. 

About the Comvest Group:
The Comvest Group, with $1.2 billion of assets under management, provides flexible financing solutions to lower middle-market companies through its equity and debt funds, often meeting time-critical and complex funding requirements.  The firm includes seasoned, senior level operating executives who partner with managers and owners of companies to operationally improve businesses and create long-term value.  Since 2000, Comvest has invested more than $1.5 billion of capital in over 105 public and private companies.  For more information, please visit www.comvest.com.

Contact:
Reuel Heyden | Sr. Dir. of Marketing & Community Relations
FastMed Urgent Care
Phone: 919.550.0821x1016
Email: r.heyden@fastmed.com