South Texas Blood & Tissue officially opened its eighth donor center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Boerne on Thursday, Jan. 27.
The new donor center, which is at 215 W. Bandera Road, Suite 115 in Boerne, is one of two opening in 2022. Work is underway on a donor center in Bulverde, which will give donors new locations to give blood and platelets in two of the fastest-growing counties in Texas.
Adrienne Mendoza, Chief Operating Officer of South Texas Blood & Tissue, thanked community leaders for attending the ceremony.
She recognized financial donors – the Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation, John R. & Greli N. Less Charitable Trust, Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation, 2021 Red and White Ball Benefactors, Mays Family Foundation, Valero Foundation, Klesse Foundation, DOCUmation and Louis Scantland, Abbott, Calimex USA Corporation, and Frost – whose support made the new site possible.
She added how the center makes it more convenient, comfortable and accessible for anyone in Boerne to save lives.
Other speakers included The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation Board Chair Allison Di Paoli, blood donor and patient Laura Buress, Boerne Chamber of Commerce President Kim Blohm, and Boerne Mayor Tim Handren.
The Boerne donor center is open from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the rest of the week.
South Texas Blood & Tissue has five donor centers in San Antonio, plus one each in Victoria and New Braunfels.
South Texas Blood & Tissue, which serves more than 100 hospitals in 48 counties, has seen the need for blood increase by 15% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations have not kept up with demand.
Blood donations help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those undergoing treatment for cancer, sickle cell disease and many more.