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Recent News Articles

Carabin Shaw, Wyatt Law Firm donate $100,000 to provide $50 gift cards for COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors
August 10, 2020

plasma_donation_press_conferenceTwo San Antonio law firms are supporting the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center’s efforts to collect convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients by providing $50 Visa gift cards for each donation.

The donation was announced today as several community partners came together to rally support for convalescent plasma donations and help save lives in San Antonio and South Texas.

The launch of the program is the beginning of community-based efforts to increase donations of plasma by those who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

August 5, 2020
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Dr. Jairo Melo, one of San Antonio’s biggest proponents of convalescent plasma treatments, has a simple message for anyone who has recovered from COVID-19. 

“I encourage everybody – everybody – who has recovered to donate,” the Medical Director for Pulmonary and Critical Care with Methodist Hospital told The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation board at their online meeting Monday. 

Dr. Melo has advocated for giving plasma from recovered patients to those hospitalized with COVID-19 since the early days of the pandemic. But he is seeing a trend as reported cases and the number of critically ill patients rise. 

“The sicker people are, the more grateful they are – and those are the people who are donating,” he said, adding that those recovered patients’ families also tend to become regular plasma donors. 

August 3, 2020

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JOIN THE BOARD? 
Our family has experienced the loss of family and friends to both cancer and sudden cardiac death. That inspired us to join the board with Mary Brook and Cindy Schneider, who we had known while serving on the board of another non-profit. When Mary invited us to the Voices of Hope Series Lunch & Learn in April of 2017, Becky Cap, the Chief Operating Officer of GenCure, was the guest speaker. We were fascinated by GenCure’s regenerative medicine and cellular therapy developments. In January 2018, our good friends Cindy and David Schneider shared more about the mission of the Foundation and invited us to join the board.  


WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO? 
We enjoy traveling, cooking, gardening, golfing and many activities with our five children and six grandchildren.   

Members of Americas Blood Centers, including the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, aim to double the number of doses available in August
July 31, 2020

Blood centers across the United States, including the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, have committed to doubling the number of convalescent plasma doses given to COVID-19 patients next month.

The announcement came during a convalescent plasma roundtable hosted by the White House. The event was described as a “national call to action” to encourage donation by Americans who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies that can help current patients fight the virus.  

Members of America’s Blood Centers, including the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, collect more than 60% of the nation’s blood donations. They have provided 100,000 of the 124,000 doses of convalescent plasma transfused since the program began this spring.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center implements new Food and Drug Administration guidelines for donations
July 1, 2020
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Current and former members of the military and their families who were not allowed to give blood because of deployments in Europe will be able to donate again, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has announced.

The changes, part of a sweeping modification of FDA guidelines being implemented July 1.

Because of the pandemic, most blood drives canceled and maintaining the community blood supply continues to be challenging,” stated Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer for STBTC. “We believe many service members and their families will be very happy to be able donate again and help us maintain a robust blood supply for South Texas.”

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