Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 25, 2013 -- Nothing ghoulish going on here. Even though Halloween will have been long over by November 13, 2013, Dr. Josh Rowell and Chicago Spine and Joint Care will be asking for your blood. They will be sponsoring a blood drive along with Heartland Blood Centers from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM in the conference room of the West Jackson building.
"This is a trial run," said Dr. Rowell. "It’s the first time we have tried a blood drive. I see this as a good way to put our efforts toward a great cause and a great way to help our community." Heartland Blood Centers requires a minimum of 20 donors for an on-site mobile blood drive like this. Given Chicago Spine and Joint Care’s office location in the West Jackson building—which has a daytime working population of around 2,000 people—this seems like a very achievable goal.
While this may be the first time that Chicago Spine and Joint Care has attempted a blood drive, it’s not the first time Dr. Josh Rowell has had experience with donating blood or seeing the need for blood donations. Dr. Rowell has family members who have been the recipients of blood transfusions and sees giving blood as a personal responsibility. He hopes that others, on a regular basis, will think of those who need blood and will help make this blood drive not only a success but a routine event. "I hope to get a great turnout not only from our building, but also from the nearby professional community and my contacts in the area."
Heartland Blood Centers is an independent, not-for-profit organization serving 49 hospitals in a 12 county area, including Kane, McHenry, DeKalb, Will, DuPage, Cook, Grundy, Kendall, Lee, Ogle and LaSalle counties in Illinois, and Lake county in Indiana. The Centers work toward a goal of collecting more than 200,000 units of blood each year.
Giving blood is important. According to the American Red Cross, 1 pint of blood can save up to 3 lives. Someone needs a blood transfusion every 2 seconds. Five million patients in the US need blood every year. Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood. Blood can’t be manufactured; it can only come from volunteer donors. Platelets (which are critical for cancer patients) have a shelf life of only 5 days. "I am thankful for everyone who gives blood," said Dr. Rowell. "I know how important our blood reserve is from personal experience in my family."
Giving blood is safe. People who have questions about giving blood should visit http://www.heartlandbc.org/edu_facts.html. The American Red Cross also has great resources on its website, http://www.redcrossblood.org/
Dr. Rowell said, "Our office’s downtown Chicago location is a big part of what makes it so convenient for our patients to come in and see us during the day. Hopefully, it will help to make this blood drive successful too." Although appointments are preferred, walk-ins are also welcome. Donors will need to bring a photo ID and should remember to eat a good meal and drink plenty of water beforehand. Every donor will also receive a free t-shirt.
Donors can schedule an appointment at the front desk of Chicago Spine and Joint Care, by sending an email directly to Dr. Rowell at chicagospinecare(at)gmail(dot)com, or by using Heartland Blood Centers’ online appointment system. People who are wondering whether they’re qualified to donate blood can learn more at http://www.heartlandbc.org/donating_qual.html.
About Dr. Josh Rowell
Dr. Josh Rowell completed his undergraduate studies in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois and his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine at the National University of Health Sciences. While studying at NUHS he became a certified Chiropractic Acupuncturist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner. His current specialties are chronic low back pain and neck pain, sciatica, sports injuries, joint injuries and lower back pain during pregnancy. Dr. Rowell had been in private practice in Northwestern Chicago before acquiring Chicago Spine and Joint Care in January of 2013.
About Chicago Spine and Joint Care
Chicago Spine and Joint Care is a full-service chiropractic, massage and sport injury rehab center serving the Loop section of downtown Chicago. The office is easily accessible on foot from many of downtown's large employers and participates in many corporate wellness programs in the area. Given its downtown location, Chicago Spine and Joint Care offers early morning, evening and lunch time appointments to serve working professionals. Under new owner and Clinic Director, Dr. Josh Rowell, Chicago Spine and Joint Care has expanded its service offerings to place a greater emphasis on sports performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
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111 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 1160
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