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Give Blood for Patients like Hagan

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The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center invites you to offer your support for patients like Hagan. Since she was six years old, Hagan has needed blood transfusions to manage a rare liver disease.

The pandemic has interrupted blood donations, delaying some of her transfusions.

Her family hopes there will be enough blood when it’s time for Hagan to receive her second liver transplant, which has been delayed for months due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Your donation ensures the blood is there to help Hagan, cancer patients, accident victims, newborns and their mothers, and many others patients.

If you are eligible to donate, schedule your donation today!

Another Way to Help

Sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

More than 110,000 men, women and children are in need of a lifesaving transplant, 10,000 of whom are Texans. Unfortunately 22 people die each day due to the drastic shortage of organ donors. Sign up to save lives today, visit DonateLifeTexas.org/GenCure.

Help Spread the Word

Another way to help patients like Hagan is to be an advocate for donating blood and joining the Donate Life Texas Registry. Use our social media resources to help spread the word.

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Use #TeamHagan when posting the images to social media and feel free to tag us @connectforlife, so we can answer any questions related to donating blood and joining the registry.

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How STBTC Is Keeping You Safe

Below you will also find the safety protocols we've implemented at every blood drive and donor room. For more information about the coronavirus, visit: SouthTexasBlood.org/Coronavirus
  • Temperature check prior to check-in.
  • All staff and donors are required to wear masks, any donor without a mask will be offered one at check-in.
  • Additional hand sanitation stations at check-in and throughout the donation process.
  • Staff members change gloves and sanitize surfaces in the screening area between donors.
  • Potential donors are asked questions concerning recent travel as well as given a mini-physical.
  • Individuals who meet travel, evaluation or potential exposure criteria identified by the CDC over the course of the past 28 days are advised not to donate. This is being done as a cautionary measure since respiratory viruses are not known to be transmitted by blood donation or transfusion.
  • Donor beds are sanitized after each donation.
  • Each donation collection kit is new, single-use and unopened until the time of use.
  • STBTC staff have been instructed to remain home if they are ill, until 24 hours after a fever has resolved.
  • All our drives and donor rooms have information sheets about steps to take to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
  • STBTC staff have been instructed to avoid travel to locations where there are known outbreaks of COVID-19, and to self-quarantine, if they have visited a country the CDC has identified a site of a significant outbreak.

About Us

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For more than 45 years, the nonprofit South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has focused on a critical purpose: to save and improve lives.

Inspired by a group of physicians, our organization was formed to provide blood to the South Texas region – ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply through proper testing, storage and distribution to hospitals. This essential service allows front-line workers to focus on the direct care of patients, with confidence that this lifesaving resource will be there when it’s needed most.

But we didn’t stop there. Over the years, we’ve evolved as the needs of our patients and hospitals have changed, driven to save lives in as many ways as possible.

We couldn’t do this without donors like you. We understand that the gift of donation is a personal, powerful choice that has the potential to touch a life. Today, we offer many ways to make a difference that include:

Our team has also expanded its programs, partnering with leaders within the healthcare industry to develop a wide range of therapies. We’ve recently developed programs to collect and distribute COVID-19 convalescent plasma, as well as improve trauma care.