Over our 40-year history, HMA has regularly participated in a variety of community activities, including serving our industry and the community on various boards and committees. Some have been, and are, industry-specific, while others are of particular interest to members of our team.
Included among those community relations endeavors has been the participation in “drives,” whether it’s been collecting water, socks, blankets, money or blood.
Yes – we’ve literally donated our blood, sweat and tears.
Several years ago, an HMA intern was in charge of a blood drive at her school. We loaded our team into cars and went to the school to give blood. Similarly, a few years later when we had a medical school as a client, we were all-in for its blood drive, not only donating blood but providing real-life experience for the students who were learning how to draw blood.
So, recently when I saw a news report about the current, drastic shortage of blood supplies, I signed up again. It took two weeks to get an appointment, but it felt good to be able to part with a pint of blood for the better-health of someone else.
It felt even better to put my blood donor card back in my wallet, right next to my organ donor card.