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Rex Blood Supply Critically Low; Donors Needed

Rex Healthcare Identifies Critical Need for Blood, Calls for Blood Donors

Dec. 29, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. - Rex Healthcare today announced its blood supply is critically low. Due to the
winter weather conditions and the holiday season, many crucial Rex Healthcare blood drives have
not been well-attended or have had to be cancelled. Blood inventory is at less than a two-day supply.
To meet the blood supply needs of patients, Rex Healthcare will need 200-250 pints of blood by Jan.
7, 2011.

To increase blood supply, Rex Healthcare Blood Services is encouraging community members to
donate as soon as possible by visiting its Blood Donor Center at 2709 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 150,
Raleigh, NC 27607. To make an appointment or for more information, call (919) 784-4750.

"This time of year, due to inclement weather conditions and vacations, is a time when blood supply
can reach significantly low levels," said Emilie Sanders Watson, Rex Healthcare Donor Services
Coordinator. "Blood donors are true holiday heroes by giving life to others in need."

Almost 100 pints of blood are needed every day to meet the transfusion needs of patients at Rex
Hospital and other area hospitals. So far in 2010, more than 20,000 donors donated blood with Rex
Blood Services, which has helped more than 50,000 patients.

Giving blood takes approximately one hour. For those who may not be able to donate at the Center,
there are other mobile blood drives, listed here. For more information about blood donation, click

Contact: Nicole Edmonds
24-Hour Pager: (919) 310-7589
Mobile: (919) 605-0978
Office: (919) 784-4477