(December 29, 2022 - Hyannis, MA) Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital are in urgent need of blood donations, and numerous blood drives are being held across Cape Cod in January to benefit Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC). Since 1970, January has been recognized as National Blood Donor month to help emphasize the importance of blood and platelet donations, especially during the winter months when inclement weather or seasonal illness may impact donations. Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals must have at least one week’s worth of blood on hand at all times. Since each unit collected or purchased only lasts 42 days, it is a constant challenge to maintain sufficient supply. Blood collected at Cape Cod Healthcare blood drives stays on Cape Cod to help our families, friends and neighbors. Donors to CCHC blood drives in January will receive a Stop & Shop gift card. The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center inside Cape Cod Hospital is open by appointment from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are required at all blood drives. To make an appointment for the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center, please call us at 508-862-5663. To make an appointment at an upcoming blood drive, please visit the Blood Donor Portal: https://srt.capecodhealth.org/donorportal/ January 2023 CCHC Blood Drives • January 4: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sandwich Library, 142 Main St., Sandwich • January 5: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cape Cod YMCA, 2245 Iyannough Road, W. Barnstable • January 6: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., St. Joan of Arc, 61 Canal Road, Orleans • January 9: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Harwich Police Department, 183 Sisson Road, Harwich • January 10: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Northside United Methodist Church, 701 Airline Road, Brewster • January 11: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., St. Margaret - Parish Hall, 141 Main St., Buzzards Bay • January 14: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cape Cod Radio Rock N’ Roll Up Your Sleeve, Mashpee Commons - North Market Side (Stop & Shop Plaza), 30 Bates Road, Mashpee • January 17: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford St., Falmouth • January 18: 12 noon – 6 p.m., Chatham Works, 323 Orleans Road, N. Chatham • January 19: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Dennis Police Department, 90 Bob Crowell Road, Dennis • January 20: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Eastham Library, 190 Samoset Road, Eastham • January 23: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cotuit Community at Freedom Hall, 976 Main St., Cotuit • January 24: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Shepley Showcase, 75 Benjamin Franklin Way, Hyannis • January 25: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Orleans Police Department, 99 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans • January 26: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Christ the King Church, 3 Jobs Fishing Road, Mashpee • January 30: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Animal Rescue League, 3981 Main St., Brewster • January 31: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Anthony’s Fatima Hall – part of St. Joseph Guardian of the Holy Family Parish, 167 East Falmouth Highway – East Falmouth 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.