The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA Program Annual Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry
Brittany Bowker, PA-S
Pace-LHH Class of 2014
Unfortunately, the need for blood vastly exceeds the donations, with only one percent of New Yorkers giving blood every year. In addition, bone marrow donors are needed to help those with leukemia, multiple myeloma, and other disorders that affect the bone’s cellular production.
The PA class of 2014 worked diligently to promote the event within and around Pace University, ensuring a great turnout on March 8th, despite the surprise snowstorm. Our totals were inspiring with a total of 105 blood donations and 36 bone marrow registrants. Faculty, students, alumni and a few walk-ins from the community came out in support of the event and the life-saving effort it represents.
Pace PA students take great pride in our program and our profession at large, regularly participating in community-based efforts to improve access to health care and provide patient comfort from drives such as this one to participation in cancer walks to cooking meals for the homeless.
This blood drive and bone marrow registry event has become a Pace PA Program tradition annually. This is our fourth consecutive successful blood drive, and we look forward to many more. Events such as this one provide assistance to those in need and also help educate the public on the vital role the PA profession has to an ever-increasing number of patients. As future PA’s, integration of community involvement with the PA profession will only enhance the opportunity to provide the best quality health care possible.