(Hyannis, March 29, 2018) The recent inclement weather has impacted blood collection at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital, which are in urgent need of blood donations. The hospitals must have at least one week’s worth of blood on hand at all times. Since each unit collected or purchased will only last between 35 to 42 days, it is a constant challenge to maintain sufficient supply. Numerous blood drives are being held across Cape Cod in April to benefit Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC). The majority of them will be held in the CCHC Blood Mobile, which is located in the parking lot of sponsoring businesses and organizations. All blood collected at CCHC Blood Drives stays on Cape Cod to help our families, friends and neighbors. Donors at any April blood drive, with one exception, will receive a complimentary movie pass. Donors at the April 18 blood drive at the Whydah Pirate Museum will receive a coupon for discounted admission to the museum. Walk-ins are welcome at all blood drives. To make an appointment to donate blood, please visit www.capecodhealth.org/giveblood or call 508-86BLOOD. The Blood Center at Cape Cod Hospital is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for walk-in blood donations. April 2018 CCHC Blood Drives • April 3: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Barnstable Police Department, 1200 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis • April 4: 12 noon to 6 p.m., Bass River Rod and Gun Club, Route 6A, Yarmouthport • April 5: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Shepley Showcase, 75 Ben Franklin Way, Hyannis • April 9: 1 to 6 p.m., Wings for Falmouth Families in honor of Amber Bailey, 270 Gifford Street, Falmouth • April 10: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m., Woods Hole Science Aquarium, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole • April 12: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, 19 West Road, Orleans • April 17: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyanough Road, West Barnstable • April 18: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Whydah Pirate Museum, 674 Route 28, West Yarmouth • April 19: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Route 6A, Brewster • April 20: 12 noon to 6 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Church, 61 Canal Road, Orleans • April 23: 12 noon to 6 p.m., Christ the King Church, 3 Jobs Fishing Road, Mashpee • April 24: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, 6000 Sheriff’s Place, Bourne • April 25: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cape Cod Hospital, Lorusso Conference Room, Hyannis • April 26: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dennis Police Department, 90 Bob Crowell Road, South Dennis • April 30: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Royal Falmouth, 209 Country Road, North Falmouth Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 5,300 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has 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, and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at www.capecodhealth.org. Cape Cod Healthcare. Visit our health news site www.capecodhealthnews.com for the latest in relevant and credible healthcare news.