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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

big_give_saOn Sept. 10, The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation will be participating in The Big Give S.A., a 24-hour campaign to give where your heart is. 

To make this event a success, we are asking you, our Foundation Board of Directors, to help us spread the word and reach out to potential sponsors who would be willing to match donations or sponsor a day of giving challenge to help support our COVID-19 Response and Recovery Effort. Please contact Allison DePaoli for more information.

August 3, 2020

stbtc_voicesofhope_fbeventProviding Hope: The Role of Convalescent Plasma in the Battle Against COVID-19 

Wednesday, Aug. 19 | Noon-1 p.m.

The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation is proud to announce the relaunch of the Voices of Hope series to help spread community awareness of our daily efforts to continue our lifesaving mission at BioBridge Global.  

Please join us for this webinar where Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer from the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, will provide an overview of the innovative convalescent plasma program and how it is making a difference in the battle against COVID-19. 

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.   

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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