South Texas Blood & Tissue Center News

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, offers a variety of ways for you to stay connected with us. You can read our latest press releases or Annual Reports. Visit the Events Page to find out what’s coming up. You can watch a video clip from a newscast, view past events in the Photo Gallery or read industry news. For the social media enthusiast, the BioBridge family is known as “Connect for Life,” and can be found on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Also visit the our official blog here.

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Recent News Articles

August 15, 2020

Hi! I’m Susan Smith, the manager of our Grief Support and Life Legacies program at South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.  

During these unprecedented times, I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. I want you to know that I’m thinking about you.  

Grief is a complicated journey anytime, but ongoing social distancing and stay at home precautions makes it even more challenging. The longing for a hug, the wanting to physically BE with others who “get it” is real—it hurts to go without these connections.  

You are NOT alone.  

Carabin Shaw, Wyatt Law Firm donate $100,000 to provide $50 gift cards for COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors
August 10, 2020

plasma_donation_press_conferenceTwo San Antonio law firms are supporting the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center’s efforts to collect convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients by providing $50 Visa gift cards for each donation.

The donation was announced today as several community partners came together to rally support for convalescent plasma donations and help save lives in San Antonio and South Texas.

The launch of the program is the beginning of community-based efforts to increase donations of plasma by those who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

Members of Americas Blood Centers, including the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, aim to double the number of doses available in August
July 31, 2020

Blood centers across the United States, including the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, have committed to doubling the number of convalescent plasma doses given to COVID-19 patients next month.

The announcement came during a convalescent plasma roundtable hosted by the White House. The event was described as a “national call to action” to encourage donation by Americans who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies that can help current patients fight the virus.  

Members of America’s Blood Centers, including the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, collect more than 60% of the nation’s blood donations. They have provided 100,000 of the 124,000 doses of convalescent plasma transfused since the program began this spring.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center implements new Food and Drug Administration guidelines for donations
July 1, 2020

Current and former members of the military and their families who were not allowed to give blood because of deployments in Europe will be able to donate again, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has announced.

The changes, part of a sweeping modification of FDA guidelines being implemented July 1.

Because of the pandemic, most blood drives canceled and maintaining the community blood supply continues to be challenging,” stated Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer for STBTC. “We believe many service members and their families will be very happy to be able donate again and help us maintain a robust blood supply for South Texas.”

Recovered patients can help those battling coronavirus by donating plasma to South Texas Blood & Tissue Center program
June 23, 2020

With an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Texas, demand for convalescent plasma has increased tenfold from about five orders per day from area hospitals at the beginning of the month to more than 50 per day currently.

Because of the surge in orders, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center over the weekend was unable to fill several orders for patients who are fighting COVID-19. The center is working to fill those back orders – as well as new orders coming in – as quickly as possible, which will require more people who have recovered from coronavirus to become plasma donors.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, is collecting plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 as part of a treatment for seriously ill patients. The record increase in cases locally and nationally has significantly boosted the need for plasma from those with antibodies to COVID-19 in their bloodstream.