Blood Collectors Week: Spotlight on Young in Lynnwood

September 12, 2015 at 9:30 am

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Young has been drawing blood longer than many donors have been alive to give it — she’s been with BloodworksNW for 24 years!

The 21,984 whole blood and 6,576 apheresis donations she’s collected in this period could have saved up to 72,000 lives.

Outside of work, Young enjoys painting, gardening (you may run into her at Wight’s Garden Center), walks with her husband, and watching football — on Blue Fridays at the donor center, you can see her representing the 12th Man with pride.

Lynnwood supervisor Adam Osborne says,

She is probably one of the kindest people you will ever encounter if you came to Lynnwood – unless you badmouth her Seahawks!

Young is proud to serve the Lynnwood community.

I have been living in Lynnwood for over 25 years so I cannot imagine myself living anyplace else. This is where I raised my kids. There are also several delicious and affordable Korean restaurants in Lynnwood so I never have to miss good Korean food.

A fun fact about Young says as much about her personality as her love of good Korean food:

I got second place for eating the most “Udon” (noodle) soup at a eating contest in Seoul, South Korea back in 1981.

BloodworksNW has been fortunate enough to have had Young for most of her career.

 BloodworksNW has a lot of great workers and the management is very supportive.  The people at the center are like a second family to me. We work as a team to help each other out during hard times.  I also enjoy socializing with donors and volunteers.

Looking forward to the next 24 years!

Want to thank Young or your favorite blood collector this week? Schedule your appointment at Schedule.BloodworksNW.org!

Blood Collectors Week: Spotlight on Melvina

September 11, 2015 at 4:05 pm

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If you want to know the way to Central Seattle’s Melvina’s heart, ask her about her favorite book.

I’m a reader! I love books. All kinds of books. I like to go out and hunt at secondhand stores for books — I’ve gotten some classic books for pennies on the dollar! People say I probably have too many books.

She started at BloodworksNW four years ago as a donor scheduler, then moved to our Transfusion Service Lab, and finally out to the floor in the donor center at Central Seattle.

Before coming to BloodworksNW, Melvina was a corrections officer for King County at the Regional Justice Center for eight years.

The Donor Center is a great fit for Melvina – her favorite part of her job is interacting with donors. She says, “there are a lot of wonderful people, and everyone has a story.”

Just recently, we had a donor who came in to donate apheresis platelets for the first time in honor of his sister, who had passed away at 22 years old. And he also had some of his friends who came in as support. and they donated whole blood. It’s a tradition that he’s doing in honor of his sister.

A lot of good people come through.

Donors enjoy interacting with Melvina too, and are quick to learn that there’s a lot going on behind her calm demeanor.

I’m probably more adventurous than they realize, just because I’m such a quiet person! I’m somebody that’s willing to try things.

Central Seattle regulars will be sad to learn that Melvina is transferring to Tukwila to be closer to home — the shortened commute will give her more time to read!

Want to thank Melvina or your favorite blood collector this week? Schedule your appointment at Schedule.BloodworksNW.org!

Blood Collectors Week: Spotlight on Sherie of Mobile 6

September 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm

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Sherie has been a familiar face for blood donors in Western Washington for the past decade!

She’s worked on several mobile teams, in the Everett donor center, and even as administrative support specialist at BloodworksNW’s Central Seattle headquarters, but realized she liked engaging with the donors and the community more than working behind the scenes.

She’s been with Mobile 6 out of Everett for the last 5 years and considers the team her home away from home.

You sort of end up becoming a little family with how much time you end up spending together.  Really, you are with your team on the mobiles more than you are with your “real” family, so it’s always nice when you have an awesome team.

Sherie is beloved by donors and staff alike. Angie Hinton, Everett and Mobile 6 supervisor, raves,

Sherie steps up EVERY time we ask anything of her, and is one of my GO TO people to get things done!

Her own experience with blood donation gives her extra empathy with nervous donors:

I don’t actually do very well with giving blood, oddly enough.  I try my best to give it when I can, and just have to take necessary measures to make sure I feel okay when I stand up.  Ice packs, and Gatorade.  🙂

When she’s not working, Sherie enjoys spending time with friends on the weekends, going to/and watching Seahawks games, and taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest outdoors.

I enjoy going for hikes with my girlfriend, and also going on backpacking trips when we can.  I haven’t gotten to go paddle boarding at all this year, but learned how to do that last summer, and love it! Camping is always fun, there’s a limitless amount of places to go do that in WA.  We always try to find new, fun places to take our dog swimming, since that’s her favorite thing in the world.

She loves knowing that, every day, she and her team are making a difference and helping people:  “We all work really hard, and some days are more challenging than others, but it’s worth it, and feels good.”

Want to thank Sherie or your favorite blood collector this week? Schedule your appointment at Schedule.BloodworksNW.org!

Blood Collectors Week: Spotlight on Jennifer in Olympia

September 10, 2015 at 9:25 am

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The Olympia Donor Center doesn’t have much in common with a tropical island, but it suits Jennifer just fine!

Jennifer began volunteering for BloodworksNW after living on Kaua`i and O`ahu – she was a United Methodist Minister and, prior to that, a Director of Education for a United Methodist Church.

She was on hired a little over three years ago to work on Mobile 07 in the Olympia area, and recently made the transition into the Olympia donor center to expand her knowledge of different procedures.

Jennifer often receives compliments on her pleasant demeanor and positive attitude; Olympia Center supervisor Lynette Manning says, “you will rarely ever catch her having a bad day.”

Jennifer’s favorite parts of her job are interacting with donors, making their experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible, and letting them know how much they are appreciated.

I also enjoy when first-time donors realize that the process isn’t what they had anticipated, and that saving lives through donating blood is something they look forward to continuing.

Jennifer is a blood donor too: “Whole blood only so far,” but perhaps this will change now that she’s completing mentorship for apheresis training!

When she’s not at work, Jennifer enjoys staying active with her husband, Dan, and nine grandchildren while hiking, biking, backpacking, and camping at family property at Lake Quinault. She and Dan hike the Kalalau Trail in Hawaii every year, one of Backpacker Magazine’s “10 Most Dangerous Hikes” in the US! She’s also an amazing baker – everything she brings in is delicious.

At your next donation, ask Jennifer about her square plate collection or her favorite piano sonata –  she took piano lessons for 8 years.

Thanks, Jennifer!

Want to thank Jennifer or your favorite blood collector this week? Schedule your appointment at Schedule.BloodworksNW.org!

Blood Collectors Week

September 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm

September 7 – 13, 2014 is Blood Collector’s Week, and we’d like to recognize and thank all of the professionals who make blood donation possible! The phlebotomists in our centers and mobile drives are the link between our generous donors and patients in need.

If you have any messages for these essential members of our staff, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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