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DeKalb Medical/NYBC Partnership Receives Its 1000th Donation of Maternal Cord Blood

December 06, 2012

Atlanta, GA -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) announced today that it has received its 1000th donated Clinical Cord Blood unit from DeKalb Medical Women and Infants Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  NYBC began to accept donated cord blood at DeKalb Medical in May of 2011, and received the first FDA license for a Cord Blood Stem Cell Product, HEMACORD® (HPC, Cord Blood) in November of 2011. 

Potentially life-saving cord blood units donated at DeKalb Medical have been provided to patients throughout the United States – from Texas to Massachusetts and New York to California, including one of the first FDA licensed units ever distributed. 

“Our doctors, patients and families would never want to waste a drop of the cord blood that can be used to save lives,” said Dr. Cathy Bonk, obstetrics chief, DeKalb Medical.  Cord blood donation at DeKalb Medical is free for all families and mothers that wish to participate.

NYBC’s National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein Cord Blood Center accepts donations of cord blood 24/7 from mothers delivering at DeKalb Medical and is the first and largest Public Cord Blood Bank, having provided more than 4,800 cord blood units to patients around the world in moret than 39 countries on seven continents.

About National Cord Blood Program (NCBP):  Launched in 1992, New York Blood Center’s (NYBC) National Cord Blood Program (www.ncbp.us) at the Howard P. Milstein Cord Blood Center, was the first established umbilical cord blood bank to collect, process, test and store cord blood units and make them available for transplantation to patients in need of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.  The NCBP has provided more than 4,800 cord blood units for transplantation worldwide since its inception.  NCBP is a public cord blood bank and accepts requests from Transplant Centers and Registries all over the world.  Cord blood units can be accessed and searched directly through NCBP’s WebSearch (https://tc.placentalblood.org/).  Cord blood units can also be accessed through Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW), the National Marrow Donor Program, or by calling 718-752-4710 or 866-767-6227. 

About New York Blood Center:  New York Blood Center (NYBC), one of the nation's largest non-profit, community-based blood centers.  For almost 50 years, NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to hospitals serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein Cord Blood Center, the world's largest public cord blood bank.  NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals along with consultative services in transfusion medicine. Please visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/newyorkbloodcenter.  Follow us on Twitter: @NY_BloodCenter.

About DeKalb Medical: With more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties, DeKalb Medical (www.dekalbmedical.org) combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to effectively diagnose and treat our patients. A leader in cancer, heart attack treatment and orthopedics, the DeKalb Medical system has been growing with metro-Atlanta’s medical needs for 50 years. The 627-bed not-for-profit health system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds) and the DeKalb Medical Physicians Group. Committed to pushing beyond to excel in patient satisfaction and service, our quality is reflected in many clinical excellence awards throughout our three-hospital system including recently ranking in the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by HealthGrades® (2011).

Media Contact: Tori Vogt MBA, tori.vogt@dekalbmedical.org, 404.501.2885

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