(Sept. 19, 2022 - Hyannis, MA) Cape Cod Healthcare will enhance the blood donor experience and make donating blood easier by launching a new blood donor portal on Sept. 19, 2022. The new portal will allow blood donors to: • Schedule donation appointments at the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center inside Cape Cod Hospital or at one of Cape Cod Healthcare’s community blood drives. • Track donation frequency. • Keep a record of vitals such as blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and hemoglobin level from each donation. • Receive email reminders for appointments and upcoming donation eligibility based on timing of last appointment. To ensure the safety of donors and staff, COVID-19 safety protocols are in place in the donation environment, including social distancing and a maximum of two donation appointments available every 20 minutes. Donations made through the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center at Cape Cod Healthcare stay on the Cape to help friends and neighbors instead of being transferred out of the community. “It’s an exciting launch for us,” says Jonathan DeCoste, Senior Blood Donor Recruiter at Cape Cod Healthcare. “It has great advantages from the donor side because they will be able to go into the system and make their own appointment, easily find blood drives, track donations and also find information from their last donation, such as their blood pressure, pulse and iron level.” For more information about blood donation and access to the new portal, visit https://www.capecodhealth.org/give-blood About Cape Cod Healthcare Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With nearly 500 physicians, 5,400 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare is comprised of two acute care hospitals, the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility, six urgent care centers and numerous health programs. For more information, visit the Cape Cod Healthcare website at www.capecodhealth.org. For the latest in relevant and credible healthcare news, visit www.capecodhealthnews.com.