NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Deborah Chalfin started donating platelets at the New Brunswick Affiliated Hospitals Blood Center (NBAH) in 1998, in support of a friend who was having a bone marrow transplant at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH).
She and the NBAH staff recently celebrated a milestone: Chalfin made her 100th donation to the NBAH.
“It’s an easy and convenient process that I wish more people would be involved in,” Chalfin said.
Chalfin became a regular blood donor in 1973 while she was a student at Wesleyan University. Blood donation was a practice inspired by and shared with her mother, Inge Adler.
Chalfin visits RWJUH once a month to donate platelets. “She schedules her next appointment before she leaves so she’s already on the books, and when there is an emergency, Debbie is always accommodating,” says Sally Wells, director of the NBAH. “Donors like her are rare, especially when they have to sit at a machine for an hour and a half to two hours.”
Now Chalfin encourages her son, Benjamin Chalfin, who currently attends Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, to carry on the family tradition of giving. He has donated blood many times at the NBAH.
Blood donations preserve and save lives at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. One unit of blood can save up to three lives. Platelet donations ultimately help cancer, bone marrow and other patients undergoing treatment.
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About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.