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.

Media is welcome to contact the Corporate Communications Department for more information. We offer:

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


Recent News Articles

Local radio station awarded Media Outlet of the Year
March 24, 2014

SAN ANTONIO - 99.5 KISS will be recognized at the formal awards ceremony, which will take place during Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals' (ADRP) 2014 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

For the past 23 years, 99.5 KISS has supported the community of South Texas by helping save thousands of lives through annual blood and marrow drives. What started as a once a year one-day blood drive has become multiple week-long drives. To date, 99.5 KISS has helped collect more than 33,600 units and has registered more than 4,000 marrow donors that have matched several patients.

Nationwide saline shortage limits red cell donations.
March 3, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – A nationwide saline shortage is having a significant impact on South Texas Blood and Tissue Center’s (STBTC) ability to collect blood. Because of this situation, a blood shortage is eminent and many more whole blood donations will be necessary.

Sterile injectable saline is used to replenish the body’s fluid loss during a specific type of automated blood collection process which results in two units of blood. “Certain donors can give two units of red blood cells at one time. Those donations help ensure enough blood is available for the community,” said Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer at STBTC. Waltman continued that if those types of donations cannot occur because of the saline shortage, STBTC would have to rely on many more whole blood donors to make up the shortage.

Winter weather has severe impact on blood collection.
February 6, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – University Hospital and South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) are asking all eligible donors to donate blood now. Recent cold fronts have severely impacted blood collections, jeopardizing hospital requests for lifesaving units of blood.

 “We are relying on local blood donors to help during this difficult time,” said Elizabeth Waltman, COO of STBTC. “We are in need of all types of blood donations to meet blood needs at our hospitals.”

University Hospital, South Texas’ leading level I trauma center, averages 12 trauma patients every day, many of them requiring lifesaving blood products. “We rely on the generosity of donors to help us meet that need,” said Dr. Geralyn Meny, director of clinical pathology services at University Health System.

Celebrate donors during critical collection time.
January 2, 2014
Aida, blood recipient

SAN ANTONIO - Despite the cold weather, there is always a need for blood. The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) serves 67 hospitals and clinics in 43 counties, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Without our generous blood donors, we would not be able to meet the needs of patients in our community.

National Blood Donor Month is a time to thank our donors who are dedicated to helping save lives. Donors like Brian and Kristi Cordeau, who donate as often as they can and are committed to saving lives. After their daughter Aida was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2013, friends and family members also helped our community by holding blood drives in her name.

September 28, 2013

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If you look at the very top of the screen, you will see links to BioBridge Global. BioBridge Global (BBG) is a non-profit company that oversees and supports the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, GenCure, and The Blood and Tissue Center Foundation. Its mission is to bridge critical medical needs with innovative solutions. The black menu bar has links to information such as About BioBridge, Get Involved, Employment, and Contact Information. There is also a convenient drop down menu to connect to any subsidiary of the BBG network.