Cincinnati VA Medical Center
National Blood Donor Month
Over the past 17 years, the Cincinnati VA Medical Center (VAMC) and the University of Cincinnati (UC) Hoxworth Blood Center have collaborated to hold numerous blood drives. Donors at these drives have contribute over 4,500 blood units. Every unit of blood has the potential of helping three different individuals and means that over 13,900 people may have been assisted during this time.
Registered Nurse, Jeremi Eveland, U.S. Air Force Reserve Captain and flight nurse with the 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base shared, “I’m fortunate that I can donate blood.”
About 18 years ago, Eveland began volunteering as a blood donor, mostly through American Red Cross blood drives. When he moved to Cincinnati, he found and choose to donate through the UC Hoxworth Blood Center.
“Being a blood donor, is something that I can do that makes a significant impact on our community with little effort. For those that have busy lives or are unable to contribute in other ways, this can be a way that you can make a significant difference in the life of someone else,” shared Jeremi.
When not donating blood, Eveland works as a Register Nurse in the Education department Simulation Lab at the Cincinnati VAMC, providing training to employees as a Hospital Simulation Coordinator.
There are many different simulations that physicians, nurses, providers, residents, fellows and other professionals take part in at the Cincinnati VAMC and various simulations are used across specialties. The Simulation Lab also offers courses such as opioid overdose training, suicide prevention training and can even simulate various medical procedures utilizing task trainers and manikins to replicate clinical best practices.
The mission of the Simulation Lab is to use evidence-based simulation to positively impact the healthcare needs of Veterans. Meeting your health care needs is something all employees at the Cincinnati VAMC care deeply about.
When it comes to giving time to be a blood donor, Eveland shared, “Donating blood with Hoxworth at the Cincinnati VAMC is really special as the donations collected are used for veterans at this facility.”
Thank you to Dental Assistant, Amber Hacker, who is the Cincinnati VA Medical Center Blood Drive organizer and Blood Donor Recruiter, Marion Molski from the UC Hoxworth Blood Center for assisting with this story. Thank you to blood donor, Veteran and Hospital Simulation Coordinator, Jeremi Eveland for sharing information to produce this story.
Lisa Hollenbeck is a Public Affairs Specialist at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and is a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. She was stationed at Kaneohe Bay, HI and served as a Trumpet player in the Marine Forces Pacific Band.
If you have a story idea that you’d like to share please contact Public Affairs Specialist and Minority Veteran Program Coordinator, Lisa Hollenbeck at (513) 861-3100 ext. 6049 and/or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org