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

Center helps blood donors with online shopping this holiday season
November 8, 2019

The seasonal flu season is rapidly approaching, and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is encouraging all healthy donors to give blood or platelets now, since donations can be accepted only from those who are feeling well.

STBTC is encouraging the community to help maintain an adequate blood supply during flu season as it has the potential to cause a decline in blood donations, since anyone who is sick on the day of donation will be deferred from giving blood. The need for donations is vital as blood donations traditionally decline by 20 percent during the holiday season as high schools and colleges are on winter break and fewer companies schedule blood drives.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center a sponsor of National Blood Foundation Run for Research
October 16, 2019

The community is invited to support innovative medical research during the AABB’s National Blood Foundation (NBF) Run for ResearchSouth Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) and its nonprofit parent, BioBridge Global, are official community partners of the event.

The 5K run/1-mile walk, which is also sponsored by the Armed Services Blood Program, is scheduled for 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, starting at Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce St.

The race is part of a series of NBF fundraisers for blood and cell therapy research. The event takes place during the 2019 AABB Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center offers movie pass in October to ensure blood is available whenever and wherever it’s needed
October 8, 2019

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) aims to collect 400 donations a day, but the nonprofit community blood center recently has experienced a reduction in collections. To encourage donations, in October all donors will receive a thank-you gift of a free movie ticket to Alamo Drafthouse.  

Our population is growing, and our health care systems are serving more patients, donations have declined, especially for the O-negative blood type,” said Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer of STBTC. “ There is a type O blood shortage in our region, and the nation, and we’re working to avoid a situation that could force hospitals to postpone some treatments or surgeries.”

Victoria one of the first cities in the country to offer unique lifesaving procedure in emergencies
October 2, 2019

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), in partnership with the Victoria Fire Department (VFD), today launched the Brothers in Arms (BIA) program to aid accident and trauma patients.

The program will enable VFD medical crews to administer special pre-hospital transfusions of whole blood that counter blood loss and improve survival rates.

The use of whole-blood transfusion prior to arrival at the hospital is saving lives and has already shown at least a 25% decline in trauma deaths for those requiring emergency transfusion,” said Linda Rapp, Executive Director of Blood Operations of STBTC. “In addition to the community and cities in the region, the program also supports workplace safety initiatives in industrial settings.” 

Iron supplement vouchers will now be made available to college students
September 24, 2019

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.”