#PositivelyUNRMed Blood Drive, Aug. 1

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As a steadfast community partner, UNR Med is asking for your help to answer the urgent need for blood in the region. Advancement and Engagement will host the #PositivelyUNRMed Blood Drive Tuesday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Silver 10 parking lot, located north of the Pennington Health Sciences building.

The drive was inspired by professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Phillip Usera, M.D., FCAP, who was recently interviewed by KTVN's Kristen Remington to highlight northern Nevada's blood shortage and the importance of donating blood.

"Fundamentally, healthcare still relies on the compassion and generosity of the public," said Dr. Usera. "Blood drives are a perfect example of this, and without donations from volunteers, millions of patients each year would be denied such a simple, yet pivotal component of modern medicine."

When asked how he felt about the blood drive inspired by his "Ask the Doc" appearance, Dr. Usera responded, "If a blood drive is initiated in response to my TV interview, I am incredibly humbled. After I completed the interview on KTVN, I took phone calls for almost an hour from individuals asking how they can donate blood. It goes to show how little it takes to bring out the compassion and generosity of the public."

To book an appointment for the #PositivelyUNRMed Blood Drive, call (800) 696-4484 or visit bit.ly/UNRMedDrive. On the day of your donation appointment, fill out the Health History Questionnaire to make your appointment as quick and efficient as possible.

Let's do our part for A Healthy Nevada!


Julie Ardito, APR
Senior Director, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006

Tessa Bowen
Communications Manager, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 682-9254

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision that has served Nevada for nearly 50 years as its first public medical school. UNR Med’s vision is a healthy Nevada, supported by our mission: establishing excellence in medical education, medical care, research and community engagement, while committing to a culture of respect, compassion and inclusion. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services, education and outreach, UNR Med is a resource for improving healthcare regionally and across the country. For more information, visit: med.unr.edu.