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Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation partners with American Red Cross to host Beloit Community Blood Drive

Beloit, Kansas – Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, February 11 from noon to 6 pm and Friday, February 12 from 8:30 am to 2 pm at the NCK Wellness Center gym.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or sign up online at redcrossblood.org.

“MCRMF is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Stephanie Simmons, Executive Director of the Medical Foundation. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.” 

The Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of this effort, plasma from standard blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.

“We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in our local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.”

Because the need is so great, Amazon is thanking donors in the month of February with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Additional information and details are available at rcblood.org/together.

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation was established to support and promote excellence in healthcare in the North Central Kansas area.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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