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Ken Yuchasz, left, speaks to a red cross employee while donating blood at a donation event for Brinley Boyd, in New Lexington, Ohio, on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Ken, who has been donating blood since high school, lost a son 5 years ago due to medical complications and said the experience reminded him of the importance of blood donation. “This is not something that can be artificially created,” said Ken. “This is something that we can do. And if you can, I encourage you to.” [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

National Blood Shortage Could Affect Southeast Ohio Supply

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NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio – Hospitals are dealing with a nationwide blood shortage, stemming from increased elective surgeries and injuries after pandemic restrictions were lifted. The shortage could affect local hospitals and people who live in southeast Ohio. O’Bleness Hospital became more thoughtful about how it uses blood donations shared through the OhioHealth network as a… Read More