About Us

The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas is the exclusive provider of the community blood supply for over 37 facilities.

The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas

The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Founded in 1951 as the Travis County Medical Society Blood Bank, it initially provided whole blood to four Austin Hospitals and a couple of rural clinics. Its mission is to safeguard the community’s gifts of blood and tissue with uncompromising quality and excellence in customer service.

The Blood and Tissue Center today is the exclusive provider and guardian of the community blood supply for more than 37 medical facilities in a ten-county service area of Central Texas.

The Center collects more than 55,000 blood donations annually. These donations are tested extensively to assure suitability for transfusion and processed into life saving components such as red blood cells, plasma, and platelets, which go to help Central Texas patients.

The Center works with the Marrow Donor Program of Central and South Texas to increase the number of Central Texans on the National Marrow Donor Registry.

The Tissue Services division was established in 1985 due to the increasing demand for allograft tissue. Today, United Tissue Resources surgically recovers tissue from approximately 200 donors each year and assists with donor family services. United Tissue Resource’s facility is located in Austin.

Quality is an organizational commitment backed up by a Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Department with proven expertise in quality engineering and systems improvement.

The Center is licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration, accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks and American Association of Tissue Banks, and is a proud member of America’s Blood Centers.

Marshall Cothran CEO

A Note from the CEO

This section of our website, About Us, would not be complete without noting that the growth and success of The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas is not so much about us as it is About You. It’s about our faithful blood donors. It’s about the families of our tissue donors whose personal stories become a part of us. And it’s about our many corporate supporters and individual champions in the community. We appreciate each and every one of you. Ultimately, it’s about the countless thousands of grateful recipients and families whose lives have been touched by your generous gifts. Life is in your hands.

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