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

January 9, 2013

SAN ANTONIO — The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has announced that Elizabeth Waltman has been named vice president of Blood Operations.  She will be responsible for the direct management of all Blood Operations, including the departments of donor services, donor recruitment, product management, component laboratory, hospital services and operations integration, as well as the Victoria facility.  

With over 17 years of experience in executive management, Waltman has previously held positions in recruitment, quality assurance, corporate communications and project management. Most recently, she has worked in management roles with Blood Systems, Inc. and was previously with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. She began her career in the health care industry as a nurse in labor and delivery.

December 1, 2012

SAN ANTONIO – In December 2011, more than 4,000 people visited a South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) neighborhood donor room to save lives during the crucial holiday season. Thousands more donated at mobile drives throughout South Texas. Thanks to generous holiday donors, area patients like Dianne De La Garza are able to spend this holiday with loved ones.

In February 2011, De La Garza was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a fast-growing cancer of the blood. After a round of chemotherapy and several blood transfusions she’s in remission and has a deep sense of gratitude for people who roll up their sleeves and give blood.

“I received anywhere from four to nine transfusions of blood a week and there were times when I needed two pints of hemoglobin a day,” said De La Garza. “I just don’t think people who donate know the full capacity of the gift they are giving. They helped save my life.”

November 8, 2012

SAN ANTONIO – As the release of the final movie in the Twilight Saga approaches, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) along with local businesses and schools are helping Twihards get to theaters and save lives simultaneously. More than 20 Twilight-themed blood drives have been scheduled Nov. 10 – 12, with the potential of yielding 500 lifesaving units of blood.

All presenting donors will receive a Twilight themed T-shirt and a $10 Fandango movie code.

Whether you’re Team Edward or Team Jacob, saving lives is something all Twilight fans can agree on. As the story goes, vampires rely on blood to survive and so do local hospital patients. Visit your neighborhood donor room or find a mobile drive near you to donate blood this weekend. Schedule an appointment online or search for drives in your area at donatingforlife.org.

November 3, 2012

LAREDO – Thanks to the 50 Webb County families who chose to donate their loved one’s tissue, hundreds of lives have been enhanced because of their generous donations. Webb County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Corinne E. Stern, Commissioner Jerry Garza, and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) are honoring these families for their selfless donations. Thanks to the 50 Webb County families who chose to donate their loved one’s tissue, hundreds of lives have been enhanced because of their generous donations. Webb County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Corinne E. Stern, Commissioner Jerry Garza, and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) are honoring these families for their selfless donations.

STBTC Tree Planting Ceremony
Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2012 • 11 am 
At Trautmann International Park (809 International Blvd., Laredo, TX)

November 1, 2012

In recognition of the many lifesavers across South Texas, Be The Match Registry will host its annual marrow donor appreciation reception. The reception will be held atThe Bright Shawl located at 819 Augusta, Friday, November 2 at 6pm. During the event Sarah Bennett will meet Samuel Benjamin Hillhouse, the stem cell donor who saved her life, something she says she will be forever grateful for.

Sarah was diagnosed with chronic lymphoctic leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that 15,000 people are diagnosed with every year.  Sarah had chemotherapy for six months while actively seeking out recommendations for treatment from top centers in the U.S. and England. All recommended a transplant.

Sarah turned to the Be The Match registry in search of a donor and found two potential donors. In 2011 she received her transplant from Samuel.

“The decision to donate was the easiest and most rewarding decision I’ve ever made in my life,” says Samuel.

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