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Mayor Bowser to Announce New, Lifesaving Pre-Hospital Blood Transfusion Program

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Bowser and the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department will be joined by representatives of the American Red Cross to announce the new Whole Blood Program, an initiative that will support and train paramedics in performing pre-hospital blood transfusions for trauma patients.

Through a partnership with DC Government, the American Red Cross will contribute to the blood supply deployed throughout DC on Fire and EMS Units.

Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m.

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Lindsey Appiah, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice
John A. Donnelly, Sr., Chief, DC Fire and EMS
Dr. David Vitberg, MD, Assistant Medical Director, DC Fire and EMS
Erwin Stierle, Executive Director, DC Chapter, American Red Cross
Dr. Emily A. Coberly, Divisional Chief Medical Officer, American Red Cross

American Red Cross Headquarters
1730 E Street NW
Hall of Service (Room 201)
*Closest Metro: Farragut West*
*Closest Bus Routes: 32, 36*
*Closest Bikeshare: 17th Street NW and New York Avenue NW*

Public and Press entrance is off E street (stairs only, press/ADA/elevator access on West side of the building from parking lot entrance)

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected].

The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment will provide a live feed of this event. To view the event, visit, tune in on Channel 16 (DCN), or watch on Mayor Bowser’s Facebook or X.