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

Local restaurant chain thanking donors for saving lives
December 19, 2017

SAN ANTONIO – The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has teamed up with Bill Miller Bar–B-Q to thank blood and platelet donors this holiday season. Blood and platelet donations decline dramatically during the holiday season as high school and college students, as well as frequent donors, are on vacation. 

As a thank-you to the community for donating during the holidays, STBTC and Bill Miller Bar–B-Q will give away some great coupons:

From Dec. 17- 23, blood donors will receive a coupon for a two-piece fried chicken meal.

From Dec. 24- 31, blood donors will receive a coupon for a slice of pie and tea.

From Dec. 17-31, platelet donors will receive a coupon for a Bill Miller small family meal.

Timeline illustrates why it’s critical to have blood on the shelves before disaster strikes, especially during the holidays when blood donations decline
December 14, 2017
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It’s a common response following natural disasters, mass casualties and other tragedies: The need for blood spurs donors to line up at blood centers across the country.

But what’s required to get those donations to patients who need them?

The answers are in a new infographic and accompanying video produced by BioBridge Global, the parent organization of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC).

“Donor to Patient: 24 Hours to Save a Life” demonstrates the process from the donation, when about a pint is collected from a donor, through processing, testing and delivery for transfusion. As the title implies, the process from donation to availability for patients takes about 24 hours.

Center provides blood to assist injured
November 6, 2017

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has provided more than 200 units of blood to hospitals in South Texas treating Sunday’s shooting victims in Sutherland Springs.

STBTC, a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, provided blood to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, the San Antonio Military Medical Center trauma center and University Hospital, where victims were being treated. The center is continuing to provide blood to these hospitals and more than 70 hospitals across the region.

“After a tragedy like this, people want to know what they can do to help. A concrete way to help is to donate blood to help replenish blood supplies so we’re ready to help the next patients who need blood, said Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

South Texans respond to appeals for donations; donor room hours extended
August 29, 2017

 

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) sent out 350 units of blood on Tuesday in the first large wave of shipments to the hurricane-ravaged Texas Coastal Bend.

Blood drives from Corpus Christi to Houston have been canceled and donation rooms closed following widespread damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

As a result, STBTC and blood centers across the country are sending units of red blood cells and platelets to the region.

In South Texas, donors have responded to appeals since the hurricane made landfall on Saturday, making more than 1,600 donations. Monday alone, there were more than 700, almost 400 more than on a typical Monday.

Less than a day of blood on the shelf
August 25, 2017

Blood donations are needed now to help prepare South Texas hospitals for Hurricane Harvey, at a time when our community already is facing serious blood shortages – less than a day’s supply is available.

Efforts are being made to build the blood supply at all trauma centers, and local hospitals are reporting an influx of patients from the Corpus Christi area as well.

The added demand has put a strain on the supply of all blood types, but especially O negative and O positive. Having enough blood on the shelves can mean the difference between life and death for car accident victims, cancer patients and others.

As a safety measure for our employees and donors, the Victoria donor room has been closed until Monday, affecting the current blood supply. We are asking all donors who can safely travel to a donor room in San Antonio or New Braunfels to please come in.

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