Blood availability is vital to health care in the United States. Because there is not a blood substitute today, community blood providers like South Texas Blood & Tissue Center are critical to bridging blood donors with the patients requiring transfusions.
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is a Texas institution and a proud partner with the South Texas health care system. It began in 1973 when three San Antonio physicians, Charles Robinson, M.D., Robert F. Gossett, M.D., and Michael H. Sulak M.D., in conjunction with the Bexar County Medical Society charter the new nonprofit, community blood center, South Texas Regional Blood Bank (STRBB).
During the first year over 25,000 generous individuals gave blood and demonstrated that an all-volunteer blood supply could sustain the growing demand for blood in the South Texas Region. This year, thousands of volunteer blood donors will give blood and platelets at one of seven fixed sites or one of the hundreds of mobile blood drives throughout the region.