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LUZERNE COUNTY – The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross conducts community blood drives throughout the month.

Donors who are 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in relatively good health may give blood every 56 days.

In addition to those listed below, blood drives are conducted at the Red Cross regional blood center, 29 New Commerce Boulevard, Hanover Industrial Park, Mondays and Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. Collections also take place every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hazleton Chapter House, 165 Susquehanna Boulevard, Hazleton.

For information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, ext. 2150.

During the month of December, all blood donors at the regional blood center in Hanover will have a chance to win a gift certificate from La Beele Vous Salon, Oscar Smith Carpet Cleaning and a $200 Visa gift card. In addition, all donors who visit the center up to and including Christmas Eve, tomorrow, will receive a plate of holiday cookies.

PLAINS TWP. — President Bush has issued an Executive Order declaring Friday as a federal holiday. As a result, all outpatient clinics operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be closed for the day. The Emergency Room will be open as usual. All other medical center functions will operate as necessary to support Inpatient Care at the medical center as well as any necessary physical plant or other functions.

PLAINS TWP. — The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center has received accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. The Medical Center’s Research and Development Service was established in July 2007 and follows the guidelines of the Office of Research and Development in VA’s Central Office. The aim of the Research and Development Program is to allow veterans to participate in research studies at the medical center and in multi-center studies by other organizations such as the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Ragupathy Veluswamy, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer for Wyoming Valley Health Care System, has been awarded Fellowship by the American College of Physician Executives.

Fellowship is one of the highest levels of achievement bestowed by ACPE, which honored Veluswamy for demonstrating significant and enduring contributions to the advancement of medical management.

As Wyoming Valley Health Care System vice president and chief medical officer, Veluswamy is responsible for the medical oversight of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and its medical staff. In that role, he provides leadership for a range of medical management, quality improvement, patient safety and medical processes initiatives and protocols.

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