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Blue Grass Community Blood Drive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:51

Monday, June 2, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, 333 W. Lotte St. in Blue Grass.

Sign up by calling Evelyn Troyer at 563-381-2417 or online at

Please eat and drink before donating blood and be sure to bring donor or photo ID.

Last date to donate elsewhere is 4/7/2014.  Group Sponsor Code: 069


Volunteer Drivers Needed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by George Nickolas   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:45

The Quad Cities Disabled American Veterans Transportation Program is in need of drivers to carry our veterans to their medical appointments at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City.

Anyone interested in driving the DAV Van to Iowa City should call Commander Tom Simmons at 563-324-6329 or Adjutant Paul Janecek at 563-386-3533 or Serivce Officer George Nickolas at 563-391-1760.

Interested drivers are advised that they can select the day(s) of the month they are available. If you have any questions about the scheduling of driving or what hours you would have to volunteer for on the day and/or days that you are willing to drive, you need to call Adjutant Paul Janecek at 563-386-3533.

Loebsack Statement on the Resignation of VA Undersecretary for Health Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:07

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after it was announced that Robert Petzel, the Veterans Administration’s (VA) undersecretary for health care, has resigned.

“I have been extremely concerned about the reports that have recently come to light of alleged preventable deaths and subsequent cover up at VA health clinics. As a parent of military children, I am incredibly upset that this could have ever happened to the men and women who honorably served our nation. We owe it to our nation’s veterans to do all we can to determine exactly what happened and we need to do it immediately.”


Give blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Friday, 16 May 2014 14:32

PEORIA, Ill. (May 15, 2014) —The American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to choose their day to help save lives by giving blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day.

Every year, on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The occasion raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and thanks voluntary blood donors for their lifesaving gifts of blood.

“World Blood Donor Day comes at a very important time each year,” said Shelly Heiden, community CEO, Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Summer can be a challenging time for blood donations, with fewer donors available to donate blood due to busy summer schedules. World Blood Donor Day gives us an opportunity to highlight the need for blood during the summer months and year-round.”

World Blood Donor Day occurs on day 21 of the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. campaign. Heiden added that it’s a perfect time for donors to help save lives and boost the blood supply for patients in need.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call

1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Clinton County

June 4 from 12-6 p.m. at Wild Rose Casino & Resort, 777 Wild Rose Drive in Clinton, Iowa

June 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Alverno, 849 13th Ave. N in Clinton, Iowa


Henry County

June 11 from 2-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St. in Kewanee, Ill.

June 12 from 2-6 p.m. at American Legion, 509 N. School St. in Atkinson, Ill.


Lee County

June 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College, 173 IL Route 2 in Dixon, Ill.

June 10 from 1-6 p.m. at St. Patricks Church, 612 Highland in Dixon, Ill.


Mercer County

June 2 from 3-6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 20th and Main St. in Keithsburg, Ill.

June 10 from 2-6 p.m. at New Windsor Presbyterian Church, 4th and Walnut in New Windsor, Ill.


Rock Island County

June 4 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1100 River Drive in Moline, Ill.


Whiteside County

June 4 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

June 5 from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road in Sterling, Ill.

June 6 from 12-3:30 p.m. at Coventry Living Center Activity Building, 612 W. St. Mary's Road in Sterling, Ill.

June 9 from 7-11 a.m. at Sterling Anchor Coupling Inc, 2910 W. Le Fevre Road in Sterling, Ill.

June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St. in Prophetstown, Ill.

June 10 from 1-6 p.m. at Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th St. in Fulton, Ill.

June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.


How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross is supported in part through generous financial donations from the United Way. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Lt. Governor Simon promoting healthy habits during National Women’s Health Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Nelson   
Friday, 16 May 2014 12:30

CHICAGO – May 15, 2014. Whether it’s eating healthy, getting active or quitting smoking, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is encouraging women across Illinois to make their health a priority during National Women’s Health Week.

“By making a couple of small lifestyle changes, women can greatly improve their health,” said Simon. “Simple things like wearing a helmet while biking, getting more sleep or getting a breast cancer screening are easy ways to improve wellness. I hope women throughout the state will celebrate National Women’s Health Week by making their health a priority.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Women’s Health Week is an observance with the goal of empowering women to make their health a priority. National Women’s Health Week also serves as a time to help women understand what it means to be well. Simon will recognize the week at a Prentice Women’s Hospital luncheon at noon on Thursday.

To promote wellness, the HHS Office on Women’s Health recommends taking steps to improve physical and mental health by visiting health care professionals to receive regular checkups and preventative screenings, getting active and getting healthy. For more information helpful tips and statistics about women’s health please visit


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