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Karmanos J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank receives accreditation from FACT, NetCord

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center’s J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank has received accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) - NetCord. 

The accreditation is effective for three years beginning May 4, 2013. The accreditation applies to all services and facilities that were inspected by FACT, specifically unrelated cord blood collection, banking and release for administration.

The cord blood bank and processing facilities at Karmanos, located at the J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank at Karmanos’ midtown Detroit location, and two of five collection sites – Saint Joseph Mercy and Henry Ford West Bloomfield – were inspected. 

“Receiving accreditation of the cord stem cell bank reinforces our commitment to the highest quality services at Karmanos and our mission to provide the best and most effective therapies to not only our own patients but those in need of cord blood across the region,” said Suanne Dorr, executive director of Clinical Laboratories and the J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank at Karmanos. “We’re pleased to achieve accreditation status by FACT- NetCord.”

FACT- NetCord accredited organizations are required to fulfill the ongoing, rigorous standards set forth and to complete annual reports prior to the 12th and 24th month of their current accreditation cycle.

The J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank is one of 24 banks associated with the National Marrow Donor Program. Staff accepts cord blood donations each day from five different collection site partners — Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital, Providence Park Hospital, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and Sinai-Grace Hospital. Cord blood is used for the treatment of leukemia, lymphomas and hematological cancers, as well as heart and brain injuries.

The J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank was established at Karmanos in 2001 with support from The J.P. McCarthy Fund and the Carls Foundation. The bank is named in memory of J.P. McCarthy, Detroit’s beloved News/Talk 760 WJR morning radio show host for 30 years, who passed away in 1995.

FACT, founded in 1996 and based at the University of Nebraska, establishes standards for high quality medical and laboratory practices in cellular therapies. FACT is a non-profit corporation co-founded by the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) for the purposes of voluntary inspection and accreditation in the field of cellular therapy.

FACT established the non-profit organization NetCord in 1998 to create an effective communication network for finding compatible cord blood transplant units; to promote high standards for the operation of cord blood banks; and to support research and clinical studies in this area. The organizations work together to establish the highest quality standard for the collection, processing, storing and releasing of cord blood transplant units.

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