Michiana blood bank unveils new surprise

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At a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, the South Bend Medical Foundation will unveil another way to donate blood.

Mobile blood units already exist in Northern Indiana, but thanks to increased demand and funds raised at its 100th year celebration, the South Bend Medical Foundation is introducing a bigger, more advanced mobile blood unit.

The new set of wheels includes power chairs, more storage space and a larger area to work in. There are 6 chairs for donating and 2 rooms for screening on the new unit.

The third mobile operation is partially funded by the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and will focus its efforts in Northern Indiana. A smaller mobile blood unit will head South to Central Indiana.

In addition to its newest convenience option for donors, the South Bend Medical Foundation will offer a different promotion to encourage donations. Throughout November, anyone who donates blood will receive a Thanksgiving Turkey.

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