A Legacy of Service in Southern Nevada
The Red Cross has been a stabilizing influence in the Las Vegas community since 1917 providing disaster relief, health and safety, community services and armed forces emergency services through the Southern Nevada Chapter.
In May 2010 the Red Cross began supplying blood services for five Valley Health System Las Vegas hospitals. In 2011, North Vista Hospital and the three HCA Las Vegas hospitals were added bringing the total number of hospitals subscribing to Red Cross blood services to nine.
Las Vegas Hospitals Served by the American Red Cross
Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Mountain View Hospital
North Vista Hospital
Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center
Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
Valley Hospital Medical Center
Facts about your local American Red Cross
30 – Blood drives the Red Cross must organize every week at local schools, businesses and community groups to meet the demand for blood in Las Vegas.
48,000 – Units of life-saving blood, plasma and platelets must be collected and distributed to nine hospitals and trauma centers to meet the need.
1,449 – Individuals were assisted after disasters in 2012.
9,865 – Military members received pre-deployment briefings. Every 10 hours the Red Cross helps a military member or their family in crisis.
11,613 – People are trained in aquatic safety, CPR, first aid, lifeguarding and wilderness survival every year.
Did you know?
• Approximately 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate and less than 8 percent actually do, yet many people will need blood or a blood product at some time in their lives.
• The American Red Cross strives to collect an average of 919 units of blood weekly or 47,767 units per year to meet the needs of hospital patients in the Las Vegas area.
• The American Red Cross supplies blood to nine of the 13 Las Vegas area hospitals.
• The American Red Cross collects blood in the state of Nevada to ensure that blood is available whenever and wherever it is needed and that every patient need is met.
• To make donation convenient, the American Red Cross strives to host mobile blood drives across the Las Vegas area each business day.
Why is it important that African- Americans give blood?
Blood that closely matches a patient’s is less likely to be rejected by the patient and can mean fewer complications after a transfusion. Genetically-similar blood is superior for people who need repeated blood transfusions, for conditions like sickle cell anemia.
Increasing African-American donations is vital because blood types O and B, the blood types of about 70 percent of African-Americans, are the blood types most in demand. Your blood donation can help African-Americans suffering from diseases such as sickle cell anemia, cancer and heart disease.
Tackling Sickle Cell Anemia
Sickle cell anemia affects more than 70,000 people in the United States. Most of them are African-American. Many need blood transfusions every few weeks to help treat the effects of the disease. Blood from donors of the same ethnic background decreases the chance of causing complications for patients.