Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
June 16, 2003
Albany-- The shelves are nearly empty at the Red Cross Blood Bank in Albany. The distribution center supplies blood to Southwest Georgia hospitals, and right now, workers says they don't have any red blood units to send out Tuesday.
There's not much blood to go around. "Last week it was impossible, we were trying to divide up two and three O-negatives and we had orders for thirty." Dian Swafford is in charge of figuring who gets what, and on a day like today, when only half of the orders from area hospitals have been filled, it's a tough job, "The difficulty is how do you decide which hospital has a bigger need and whose patients are more important then someone else's."
"They have cut back our supplies significantly, we are working at about 60 to 70 percent of our inventory," says Pathologist Dr. Charles Hawkins. Phoebe Putney Hospital, along with the hospitals in Valdosta and Tifton, gets first dibs at the blood, since they have the most need.
But that doesn't mean the big hospitals aren't feeling the pinch. Dr. Charles Hawkins remembers when elective surgeries had to be canceled because of blood shortages, "Right now we are not quite at that point yet but it could easily happen."
What few units the Albany Blood Bank does have are being shipped out. Swafford says, "We have filled orders today, we have filled half that was requested and have nothing for tomorrow." Now, she's hoping the Atlanta blood distribution center can send some units overnight in order to meet Southwest Georgia's needs tomorrow.
To get area hospitals back to optimal level, thirty people with O-negative blood need to donate every day. Right now, the Albany blood bank gets about two or three people a day. Only about eight to ten percent of the population is O-negative, which is the only blood type that everybody can take.