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Published on January 13, 2016

CCH Names Blood Donor Center in Memory of Nicholas Xiarhos

Cape Cod Healthcare is pleased to announce that the Blood Donor Center at Cape Cod Hospital has been named the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center, in honor of the local man who died in combat in Afghanistan on July 23, 2009.

Nicholas, 21, the son of Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven G. Xiarhos and Lisa Xiarhos, grew up in Yarmouth and graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. He was born at Cape Cod Hospital and loved being a Cape Codder, according to his father. His dream was to come home from military service and become a Massachusetts State Trooper.

“It’s very powerful,” Deputy Chief Xiarhos said of the naming of the Blood Donor Center, after a small announcement ceremony at the hospital recently. “Both Nick and his brother, Alex, were born here and raised here, so this means so much. Blood saves lives.”

Blood donation is particularly meaningful for the Xiarhos family, he said, because when Nicholas was wounded in Afghanistan, there was not enough blood supply to keep him alive until he could receive medical attention.

“They literally called in Marines and were drawing blood from their arms to help save him,” he said.

Ever since Nicholas’ death, his family and friends have hosted an annual memorial blood drive in his memory to collect blood for Cape Cod Healthcare. The blood drive year in and year out collects the most blood of any CCHC drive throughout the year.

The drive this year will be held on Friday, February 12, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Yarmouth Police Headquarters at 1 Brad Erickson Way in South Yarmouth.

“We are deeply honored to dedicate the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center at Cape Cod Hospital in his memory and in honor of his family and friends’ dedication to the collection of lifesaving blood for Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital patients,” said Michael K. Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “Nicholas gave his life in the service of his country, and, through the annual blood drive, his family and friends have ensured that his dedication to saving lives has continued after his death. We are proud that those who share their commitment to giving blood will remember Nicholas each time they step through the doors at the hospital Blood Donor Center.”

The naming of the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center is made in recognition of January as Blood Donor Month. The need for a continuous supply of blood is urgent at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital. Each hospital must have at least one week’s worth of blood on hand at all times to save the lives of patients. Since each unit collected or purchased will only last between 35 to 42 days, it is a constant challenge to maintain a sufficient supply.

The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center is on the first floor of the hospital. To make an appointment to donate blood, please visit www.capecodhealth.org/giveblood or call 508-86BLOOD. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities with the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, please visit http://www.capecodhealth.org/give-to-cchc/

Media Inquiries

All media inquiries should be directed to Robin Lord, Director of Communications.

Phone: 508-862-7891

Cell: 774-236-9602

rlord@capecodhealth.org