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

Donor family to participate in national photo competition.
April 15, 2013

SAN ANTONIO – From an early age, Matthew Whatley had a thorough understanding of what it meant to give. As an Eagle Scout, lifeguard, first responder and blood donor, Whatley was a tremendous giver. At his untimely death at age 21, his family made the decision to donate his organs and tissues.

“Matthew believed in being a donor,” said John Whatley, Matthew’s father. “We knew what he wanted – to give again, one last time, for the benefit of the community.”

The night Whatley died in 2010, he was hit and killed by an 18 wheeler. Knowing his giving nature, the Whatley’s immediately agreed to donate his tissues. Whatley was able to donate more than 25 tissue grafts to help other people and continues to live through each recipient.

“Whether it was his time, talent or involvement within the community, Matthew selflessly shared, guarded and rescued the souls of others,” said John Whatley. “He continues his legacy even though he’s no longer with us.”

for South Texas Blood & Tissue and Affiliates
March 27, 2013

SAN ANTONIO – Linda Myers has been selected by the Board of the holding company of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center and affiliates as President and Chief Executive Officer. Board Chairman Dennis Stahl made the announcement today.

Myers, who has served as Interim President and CEO since January, joined South Texas Blood & Tissue in 1994 and, after rising to the position of Executive Vice President, she moved in 2007 to its QualTex Laboratories affiliate. Since 2011, she has been President and Chief Operating Officer of QualTex, which is now the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit testing laboratory for whole blood and plasma donations. Headquartered in San Antonio and with an additional location in Norcross, Georgia, QualTex generated more than $125 million in revenue, representing over 65 percent of total enterprise revenue for 2012.

Linda Myers named Interim CEO
January 28, 2013

SAN ANTONIO- Dennis Fallen has resigned as CEO of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) and its affiliated organizations.  Linda Myers, president and chief operating officer of QualTex Laboratories, a sister affiliate of STBTC; will step in as interim CEO of the enterprise.  The announcements were made by STBTC Board Chair Dennis Stahl.

Fallen had become CEO in April, 2012.  Stahl said Fallen will be pursuing other business opportunities. 

Since 2011, Myers has been President and COO of QualTex, the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit testing laboratory for whole blood and plasma donations, headquartered in San Antonio with an additional location in Norcross, Georgia.  She joined QualTex in 2007 after spending 16 years at STBTC, where she had risen to the position of Vice President of Technical Services.  QualTex generated some $125 million in revenues in 2012, more than 65 percent of total enterprise revenues. 

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.”