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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Phone: (210) 731-5519
Mobile: (210) 296-9026


Recent News Articles

Inventory dangerously low headed into Independence Day weekend
June 28, 2016
2,000 blood donations needed by July 4

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), together with representatives from University Health System, Methodist Healthcare System and local civic and business leaders, gathered today to share a message: There is not enough blood on the shelves to treat patients.

“Simply put, if you or a family member needs blood, current projections show we will not have the supply available to fully meet our community’s needs,” said Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer of STBTC. “We’re facing a situation in which hospitals may be forced to cancel elective surgeries.

June 14, 2016

World Blood Donor Day reaches around the globe every year on June 14, but it holds a particular significance this year for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC).

A combination of factors has contributed to an extraordinary need for blood across South Texas this summer, and STBTC is depending on both current and new donors to meet those needs.

An increase in blood use for trauma victims – who typically make up about 10 percent of red blood cell transfusions – has strained the supply, as has a larger-than-usual number of transplant surgeries.

And then there is the ongoing need for blood for other surgical uses (31 percent), general medical use (29 percent) and cancer patients (19 percent), according to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).

Local patient inspires heroes to look further
June 10, 2016

Every day our recruiters and staff reach into the community to do what seems to be the impossible, to save lives. We pound the pavement inspiring strangers to become heroes, while our techs work round the clock to take what our donors selflessly provide (blood, stem cells, tissue) and transform it into lifesaving treatments for patients in need of transfusions, transplants… and, yes, hope.

But what drives us to do this? On any given day our staff could tell you stories of patients that we’ve fought for and have inspired us. Today that patient is Rowan.

May 26, 2016

Even though Zika virus-infected mosquitoes haven’t been detected yet in South Texas, The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) wants to remind our generous donors to stay safe and help us “beat Zik” this summer.

Because the main mosquito that can carry the virus, the Aedes aegypti, can only travel 200-400 yards, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we don’t expect waves of infected mosquitoes crossing the border and invading our state, biting people along the way.

May 12, 2016

When Erin Nichols was asked to compete for the title of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year, she couldn’t say anything but “yes.”