DCH worker honored for her blood drive work

Dearborn County Hospital Laboratory Manager Jill Waters recently was honored with the Hoxworth Blood Drive Coordinator of the Year Award at the Inspire/Healthcare Awards Celebration hosted by the Hoxworth Blood Center/University of Cincinnati and The Health Collaborative.

Held at the Renaissance Cincinnati Hotel, the annual event recognizes innovations by individuals, teams and/or organizations in population health, quality improvement and informatics.

The Blood Drive Coordinator of the Year Award highlights the hospital employee or team who excelled in arranging their hospital’s blood drive campaign. Waters was chosen for her energy, enthusiasm and support of the DCH program.

“One of my duties is to get the news of the blood drive out into the community,” said Waters. “The drives are successful not just because DCH employees are very loyal in donating, but also because our community has many dedicated donors.”

DCH hosts three blood drives yearly in conjunction with Hoxworth. They are held in January, May and September. Preceding each drive, Waters works with the hospital’s community relations and marketing departments to help promote the drive internally and to the public.  

Her latest project has been asking hospital staff members to share their stories about themselves or family members receiving blood. She also has been known to promote blood donation by wearing the Buddy the Blood Drop costume at drives or other events.

“Our hospital administration is also very supportive of Hoxworth and my efforts on their behalf.  They understand the importance of the drives and the need in the community for more donors. For our patients who need blood transfusions, Hoxworth is literally a lifesaver,” said Waters.

“We are very happy that Jill was recognized by Hoxworth for her outstanding work in coordinating and promoting our blood drives,” said Michael W. Schwebler, DCH President/CEO.  “Jill is an exemplary employee and puts forth a tremendous amount of effort in all her endeavors at DCH. She is truly deserving of this recognition.”

Waters, Hidden Valley, has worked in the DCH laboratory 21 years. In 2011, DCH was presented the Hoxworth Hospital Blood Drive Award of Distinction for being the hospital that exceeded its individual goal of units of blood collected by the highest margin across the community.

DCH will host its next blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call the DCH Education Department at 812-537-8431 or 800-676-5572, ext. 8431.