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Texas Health Stephenville to host Book Fair, Blood Drive on April 7
04/03/2009

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The weather is warming up, and what better way to spend a lazy afternoon than curled up outside with a book? Or how about taking a few minutes out of a pretty day to help save a life?

On Tuesday, April 7, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville will host a blood drive and a book and gift fair.

The blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the helipad parking lot across from Texas Health Stephenville. The blood drive will be held with the support of Carter BloodCare.

Why donate? Someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, according to the American Red Cross, but only five percent of the eligible U.S. population gives blood each year. Blood is needed for emergencies, people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell anemia and other diseases, according to the Red Cross.

Anyone in the community who is 17 or older, weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good health is welcome to donate blood. Donors must bring photo identification to participate.

The book and gift fair hosted by the Auxiliary will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Belknap lobby of Texas Health Stephenville. A range of materials — from children’s books to publications for adults — will be available.

“Books can transport children and even adults to new worlds and help them learn about different cultures or try new things,” said Mike Hannah, director of pastoral care at Texas Health Stephenville. “We are thrilled that our hardworking volunteers and members of the Auxiliary at Texas Health Stephenville provide this opportunity several times a year.”

A percentage of the proceeds from the book fair will be given to the Auxiliary to fund ongoing projects. The Auxiliary raises money to complete projects such as waiting room renovations and other improvement efforts for the hospital.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. The system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals, and a medical research organization. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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