Blood Donor Centre thanks St George’s Trust Company Limited for generous donation

Thursday 2 November 2023: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today extends its heartfelt gratitude to St. George’s Trust Company for their donation of $10,000 towards purchasing equipment and supporting blood donation for the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre.

BHB Consultant Haematologist Dr Eyitayo Fakunle commented: “We are deeply grateful to St. George’s Trust Company. This generous donation will enable us to enhance our capabilities and increase awareness around the importance of blood donation. This contribution exemplifies the true spirit of giving, helping us to save lives in Bermuda.”

St. George’s Trust Company Executive Vice President Jason Benevides said: “We are honoured to support the Blood Donor Centre. Blood donation is a selfless act that saves lives. We believe in the power of the community coming together to make a difference.  We hope this contribution will help the staff continue its essential work and inspire others to join in this life-saving endeavour.”

Lucy Correia, RN, a phlebotomist in the Blood Donor Centre, said: “I witness the incredible impact of blood donation first hand. The St. George’s Trust Company’s generous donation will allow us to purchase much-needed equipment and create educational initiatives to raise awareness and encourage more people to become blood donors. Together, we save lives and make a significant difference in our community.”

The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is located on the first floor of the General Wing at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. The Blood Donor Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm, and Friday from 8:30am to 1pm. For information on the eligibility criteria to become a blood donor, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm/be-a-donor/ or call 236-5067 to make an appointment.

Pictured from left: Betsy Blood Drop, Lucy Correia (Phlebotomy Nurse), Jason Benevides (Executive Vice President from St. George’s Trust Company), Dr Eyitayo Fakunle (BHB Consultant Haematologist), Dawnette Been (Senior Technologist for Blood Donor Centre and Transfusion Services), Kathy Stephens (Department of Pathology Manager), and Alma Lou Polinar Swainson (Phlebotomy Nurse)

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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.