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Recent News Articles

January 18, 2019
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January is National Blood Donor Month, and to ensure a stable blood supply in the community, blood donors are needed.

Here are five reasons why you should volunteer one to two hours of your time so that lifesaving blood is readily available for patients and hospitals in South Texas.

1. Blood levels dangerously low to start 2019

Blood donations decline over the holiday break and, this year, a number of groups have canceled January drives that would have helped replenish blood supplies.

2. Patient and hospital needs increase in January

January 10, 2019
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Dr. Jessica Raley, Director of Community Engagement and the Apheresis Center at GenCure, recently gave a presentation to faculty, residents and medical students at the UT Long School of Medicine about communication barriers and strategies to improve informed consent.

Dr. Raley was invited to give her presentation by the Pediatrics Grand Rounds Committee. Her presentation, “The Struggle is Real: Examining Communication Barriers and Strategies to Improve Informed Consent,” identified common provider, patient and context barriers to conversations about informed consent.

Her talk was focused on her program of research navigating difficult healthcare conversations like bedside rounds, discharge summaries and patient handoffs.

Blood levels dangerously low to start 2019 – Donors will receive H-E-B gift cards
January 2, 2019
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The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global (BBG), is issuing an appeal for the public to donate blood and for organizations to schedule blood drives to help meet the needs of area patients, which are increasing as the year begins.   

The first weeks in January typically have the highest volume of blood use of the year as medical procedures that were put on hold over the holidays are scheduled. The increase in demand is especially challenging because blood donations decline over the holidays and, this year, a number of groups have cancelled January drives that would have helped replenish blood supplies.

Blood donors get to see the Holiday blockbusters for free
December 27, 2018
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To thank blood and platelet donors this holiday season the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global (BBG) will give all donors two movie tickets to the Alamo Drafthouse. Blood and platelet donations decline dramatically during the holiday season as high school and college students, as well as frequent donors, are on vacation.

Donations during the holidays greatly help in emergencies and ongoing use for cancer patients, new mothers and premature babies to name a few. Cancer patients need platelets to recover from treatment, while trauma victims and surgery patients need platelets to stop their bleeding.

Mother of three hopes to find a match and add donors to national marrow registry
December 10, 2018
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Taylor Castro has dedicated her life to her family and community, but the young mother of three never expected that she would one day be in need of a bone marrow transplant. 

In early October 2018, six months after giving birth to her youngest daughter, Castro was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Her best hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. 

“Even before my diagnosis, I knew about the importance of people joining the registry,” Castro said. “Now that I am actually in it, I can really see how sad it is. Not that many people are on the registry and a lot of people are dying.” 

Castro has worked as a document control coordinator at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (STBTC), a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, for almost two years. She also has volunteered for marrow awareness events, including World Marrow Donor Day. 

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