Being the Lifeblood of the Community

NorthBay Healthcare employees and members of the public gave of themselves at three blood drives, initiated by grateful parents, in 2013.

Nearly 300 units of blood were collected and given to BloodSource, the local bank that supplies NorthBay’s two hospitals.

In April, more than 100 units of blood were donated in honor of a Dixon mother who almost died while giving birth at NorthBay Medical Center.

Porsha Jenkins had come to NorthBay for a routine C-section, but then experienced a life-threatening complication. She needed 40 units of blood – more than four times her body’s volume – to survive. NorthBay’s Trauma Team joined forces with our Labor & Delivery team to save her life. So Porsha, her husband Elvin, and many members of her family turned out for a blood drive in her honor.

Then in October, three moms whose children collectively used 5,000 units of blood while being treated for Kawasaki disease held their first blood drive to begin to replenish the blood supply.

All three moms are NorthBay Healthcare employees: Elizabeth Gladney, R.N., Dana Aleman and Leticia DeGracia, both phlebotomists. The trio stepped forward to educate the community about Kawasaki disease, a rare illness that can result in life-long heart problems or even death, if not caught early enough.

The two-day drive at both hospitals collected nearly 200 units of blood.