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Oklahoma Blood Institute Honors Cherokee Nation and CNB for Life-Saving Donations

TULSA—The Oklahoma Blood Institute is honoring the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses for helping save thousands of lives throughout the state. The tribe and its business arm were named Partners of the Year at OBI’s annual Blood Thanks & Giving Celebration.

OBI estimates Cherokee Nation and CNB employees have donated enough blood to save more than 18,000 lives since 2010. Tribal employees provided more than 1,800 pints of blood in 2013, potentially saving more than 5,000 lives last year alone.

“Oklahoma Blood Institute Tulsa extends sincere thanks to Cherokee Nation for its dynamic partnership and support of our lifesaving work in the community,” said Deon Smith, executive director of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Community leaders, such as Cherokee Nation, are essential to OBI’s efforts to sustain awareness of the need to donate blood and to motivate others to give. We look forward to continuing this exceptional partnership with Cherokee Nation in the coming years.”

This year, OBI named Cherokee Nation as its Government Partner of the Year. The honor recognizes the tribe for hosting 28 blood drives with more than 500 participating donors in the last year.

Cherokee Nation Businesses received its newest distinction as OBI’s Business Partner of the Year for its efforts in hosting 32 blood drives with more than 1,200 donors. 

“Our staff at Cherokee Nation and CNB continually steps up to help families in need,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Their efforts to save lives by donating blood are a great example of their commitment to helping others. I am very proud of our employees and their steadfast determination to fulfill ongoing needs throughout Cherokee Nation.”

Since partnering in 2010, OBI has recognized Cherokee Nation and CNB’s efforts with multiple awards, including the Donor Appreciation Award.

The tribe and its businesses regularly hold blood drives throughout the year, and they encourage anyone who is able to donate and help save even more lives this year.

“We are very proud of our employees and all of their volunteer efforts,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “It is an honor to see them recognized for their ongoing support of our neighbors and local communities.”

OBI is the sole provider of blood to 140 medical facilities in Oklahoma, including Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.

The need for blood donations is constant. In fact, Oklahoma Blood Institute requires more than 600 units per day just to meet patient demand for the hospitals they serve.

OBI’s Blood Thanks & Giving Celebration honors donors, drive coordinators, volunteers and partnering hospitals. The ceremony and dinner were held at the Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills with KTUL’s Laura Neal as the emcee. The featured speaker was Scott Sutton, head men’s basketball coach at Oral Roberts University, and the evening included introductions of blood recipients to their lifesaving donors.

For more information on Oklahoma Blood Institute, visit http://obi.org.