DAYTON - Midmark Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of healthcare equipment headquartered in Dayton, is the national winner of the America’s Blood Centers 17th Annual Awards of Excellence in the category of “Most Productive Blood Drive Award” for 2013. Community Blood Center (CBC) nominated Midmark because of its history of community service, special dedication to health and emergency needs and strong support of blood donations.
“Our team members are caring people,” said Midmark President and CEO Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar, who represents the fourth generation of the Eiting family to hold a leadership position at Midmark. “In our culture, if someone gets sick they bring in food and start a collection. We’re helping people.”
Midmark has co-sponsored CBC community blood drives with the Versailles High School National Honor Society since 2001 and has hosted employee blood drives at the company’s Versailles location since 2011. It began with three employee blood drives and expanded to 16 drives in 2013, introducing night shift blood drives to include more workers. Midmark is currently the only corporate sponsor hosting late shift blood drives in CBC’s 15-county service area.
“It’s always a win-win,” said Global Community Relations Manager Mitch Eiting, who serves as coordinator for all Midmark blood drives. “Our team members are able to give without going elsewhere and can enjoy the satisfaction they get out of it. At the same time CBC is able to get the blood that is needed.”
America’s Blood Centers recognized Midmark for an outstanding year of blood drive production in 2013. It has hosted 29 corporate blood drives since May, 2011, an average of one per month, with a total of 1,189 units collected. CBC’s nomination of Midmark for the Most Productive Blood Drive award noted that Midmark collected 358 units from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013, an increase of 49 percent over the previous year and an average of .42 units per employee.
“Our team members are so into it,” said Mitch. “We have team members recruiting other new donors. We don’t ask for that, it just happens. That just shows the worth of the program.”