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Recent News Articles

Iron supplement vouchers will now be made available to college students
September 24, 2019
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The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) and H-E-B are expanding a partnership launched last year designed to help replenish iron levels in young blood donors.

Beginning this semester, the program will include both high school students and college students 21 and younger. A voucher donated by H-E-B for a free 100-day supply of iron supplements will be given to college students at STBTC donor rooms or mobile college drives following their donations, along with a brochure on iron-rich foods.

“H-E-B is proud to support the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center in continuing the iron supplement program,” said Julie Bedingfield, H-E-B Public Affairs Manager. “We hope these efforts will help to ensure the health and wellness of the generous South Texas donor community.”

Donors get to shop for their favorite things
September 20, 2019

stbtc_graphicThe South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) will provide San Antonio blood and platelet donors with a choice of a $10 Target or Walmart gift in September. The Center is still trying to rebuild inventories after a drop in collections during the summer, and it hopes the new donor recognition gift will encourage people to schedule a donation.

“We know our donors give for reasons other than a recognition gift, and we truly appreciate their time and effort to help patients in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, STBTC associate medical director.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center extends hours, offers ‘dinner and a movie’ to boost blood supply
August 23, 2019
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With blood donations over the next week projected to meet only about 50 percent of the need, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is asking the community to help ensure that blood is available for patients.

“We’re working to avoid a situation that could force hospitals to postpone some blood transfusions, and that could leave our community vulnerable to larger trauma events that require multiple units of blood,” said Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

 “While blood use is up in our service area, donations have declined, especially over the past week,” she said. “As a result we’ve seen the amount of blood available on some days dip to as low as a half-day’s supply. We’ve reached out to other blood centers, but communities across the country continue to see blood shortages and are facing emergency appeals of their own.”

August 3, 2019

Local hospitals and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center have been receiving phone calls from community members asking if blood is needed to share with the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, and how to donate.

While the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has helped supply blood in the past to other communities facing mass casualty situations, at this point we have not had a request to provide blood to El Paso.

However, blood centers across the country have been reporting blood shortages this summer, and supplies are critically low in South Texas as well – a situation that leaves communities vulnerable in the case of trauma situations involving multiple injuries, and highlights the need for increased donations. 

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center joins with Bill Miller BBQ to encourage donations in August
August 1, 2019
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For cancer patients and their families, blood transfusions make a world of difference. 

Amanda Adriano knows first-hand. Her 3-year-old daughter, Avalynn Ramos, is undergoing chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and she has seen the change happen before her eyes.

“I don’t think it dawned on us how pale she was,” Adriano said. “You could see the difference in her once she received the blood transfusion.”

Almost one in five blood transfusions go to cancer patients like Avalynn, and more than 40 percent of platelet transfusions each year are for those undergoing treatment for cancer.

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