The series of blood drives will take place at Dignity Health Sports Park on February 27, March 19 and April 23; Fans can sign up for the blood drive by registering online via www.lagalaxy.com/dignityhealthBD
LOS ANGELES (Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022) – The LA Galaxy and Dignity Health’s Southern California Division have joined efforts to help combat the nation’s worst blood shortage in over a decade by hosting a series of blood drives at Dignity Health Sports Park. The events will take place ahead of the LA Galaxy’s regular season matches on Sunday, Feb. 27, Saturday, March 19 and Saturday, April 23. The LA Galaxy and Dignity Health partnered with LifeStream to help execute the series of blood drives.
“We look forward to working closely with our valued partners at Dignity Health to host a series of blood drives at Dignity Health Sports Park,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “The LA Galaxy are committed to serving all of Los Angeles and hope that this series of blood drives can positively impact the blood shortage in our communities.”
The American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association recently released a joint statement urging Americans to donate blood, calling the current shortage a result of the pandemic.
"LifeStream is proud to partner with the LA Galaxy and Dignity Health," said LifeStream's president, CEO and medical director, Dr. Rick Axelrod. "This partnership will allow us to reach a broader range of blood donors in an exciting way. The ongoing blood shortage continues to put patient care at risk. These drives will help protect patients in our community and save lives."
“Dignity Health’s partnership with LA Galaxy provides unique opportunities for us to extend our care beyond the walls of our hospitals to meet the diverse needs of our communities,” said Julie J. Sprengel, President and CEO, Dignity Health’s Southern California Division. “This blood drive series with LifeStream is happening in response to a critical need for blood donations at a time when many hospitals are experiencing historically low levels.”
Fans interested in donating blood are encouraged to register in advance online via www.lagalaxy.com/dignityhealthBD. All donors will be eligible to receive exciting incentives, from t-shirts, tote bags, tickets to future LA Galaxy home games, and more.
About the LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy are Major League Soccer’s most successful club. Based in Carson, Calif. at Dignity Health Sports Park, the Galaxy have won the MLS Cup a record five times (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014), the MLS Supporters’ Shield four times (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (2001, 2005) since their inception in 1996. Led by LA Galaxy Head Coach Greg Vanney and President Chris Klein, the Galaxy are the premier club in MLS, with stars like Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Giovani dos Santos, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Javier Hernandez and Cobi Jones representing LA over the team’s 26-years in MLS. For more information on the LA Galaxy, visit www.lagalaxy.com.
About Dignity Health
Dignity Health’s Southern California Division includes seventeen acute-care nonprofit hospitals and one behavioral health hospital spanning across Central California, Central Coast, and Southern California. Dignity Health is part of CommonSpirit Health and the largest hospital provider in California, delivering health care services to diverse communities, allowing 1 in 4 U.S. residents to access care through our network of health care providers. This network of hospitals is supported by medical groups throughout the region, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services, and comprehensive home health services—all with one common goal: to provide compassionate, high-quality health care to 1 million patients in a safe and healing environment. To learn more about Dignity Health, visit dignityhealth.org/socal.
LifeStream is a nonprofit, local, comprehensive blood bank that provides blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals in six counties. For more information and to set an appointment to "give the gift of life" call 800-879-4484 or visit LStream.org.