|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. Itís about our faithful blood donors. Itís about the families of our tissue donors whose personal stories become a part of us. And itís about our many corporate supporters and individual champions in the community. We appreciate each and every one of you. Ultimately, itís about the countless thousands of grateful recipients and families whose lives have been touched by your generous gifts. Life is in your hands
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 communityís 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.
In 2012, over 53,000 whole blood donations and 8,100 apheresis platelet donations were collected. These donations are tested extensively to assure suitability for transfusion and processed into life saving components: 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, The Tissue Center surgically recovers tissue from approximately 300 donors each year and assists with donor family services. The Tissue Centerís main facility is located in Austin with a satellite office in Corpus Christi. Click to learn more about The Tissue Center
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 Americaís Blood Centers.