The Elliot Recognized as Red Cross Pump It Up Challenge Winner for Outstanding Community Blood Drive Support!


Elliot Health System was named as a winner in the American Red Cross Pump It Up Challenge, which recognizes high-achieving blood drive sponsors that have grown the number of blood donations collected in their community to help hospital patients in need.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, The Elliot remains committed to saving lives! The Elliot has helped collect 166 Red Cross blood donations impacting close to 500 patients in need over the past five months. Elliot Health System has already achieved the honored distinction of the Premier Blood Partner with the Red Cross.

“Giving blood is a simple act of generosity that can truly make a lifesaving difference. Last year, we received an outpouring of support from our staff and the community at our blood drives, and our goal is to make it a success again this year for patients who are counting on us,” says Anne-Marie Hafeman, Community Engagement Manager for Elliot Health System. “We are proud to partner with the Red Cross as a Premier Blood Partner and help it fulfill its critical mission.”

Kelli Rafferty, Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement for Elliot Health System, says, “Anne-Marie has done an outstanding job safely coordinating blood drive donations at The Elliot at River’s Edge over the last few months, when the need for blood has been critical. I am grateful for Anne-Marie’s thoughtful coordination, promotion, and leadership to be a strong partner to the Red Cross, especially as we face COVID-19.”

The need for blood is constant. According to the Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion.

Please consider joining us for the next Elliot Health System Blood Drive that’s being held Friday, November 20, from 10 am to 3 pm at The Elliot at River’s Edge. To schedule an appointment to donate blood online, visit and enter “ELLIOT.” To schedule an appointment to donate blood by phone, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).