NorthBay Staff Honors New Mom With Blood Drive

NorthBay Healthcare staff, family and friends rallied to donate more than 100 units of blood Tuesday in honor of a Dixon mother who almost died after giving birth, but was saved thanks to quick work by NorthBay’s labor and delivery team, with a special assist from the trauma team.porsha 

That was in January, when a routine C-section was followed by a life-threatening complication. But Tuesday, Porsha Jenkins, her new baby, Corrie-Ray and family were all smiles at the blood drive in her honor. They even brought cupcakes and cookies to staff, which they handed out on the Mother-Baby Unit, in the ICU, and in the Emergency Department.
Fairfield Mayor Harry Price stopped by to shake Porsha’s hand and congratulate the family on their new baby.

“What you’re doing here at NorthBay is remarkable,” he told Deb Thorson, director of Women’s and Children’s Services. “To think you’ve filled up the blood drive with employees, families and friends – that’s a community is all about.”

Katie Lydon, R.N., clinical manager of Women’s and Children’s services partnered with Rowena Vince Cruz, NorthBay Clinical Lab Scientist to organize the drive with BloodSource.

“I’m so filled with pride and joy at the way our organization has responded,” says Katie. “We asked, and they stepped up.”

By Tuesday morning, all 92 slots had been filled for the online registration, and at least 30 walk-ups had been registered by 2 p.m.

Nearly every department in the healthcare system was represented, from IT to the lab, from Labor and Delivery to Emergency, to Wound Care to the Cancer Center.

Bea Castro, administrative supervisor for oncology, said it was her first time giving blood, and she was excited. “I know that sounds strange, but I’ve always wanted to do this. And here they are, in my own building. No excuses!”

Some members of the public saw the blood drive signs and wandered in, asking if they could donate. Of course the answer was yes.

“NorthBay has always been there for me. I wanted to do something for NorthBay,” said Ray Ray Bayardo, 47, who was waiting to fill out paperwork. “I’m more of a giver than a taker. You’ve got to give. Life’s too short.”