We have wonderful news!
The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program is growing and growing. We just learned that there have been 21 lives saved (and more expected) as a result of the valuable cord blood partnerships formed via this program! What excellent news!
The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program thrives thanks to the cooperation and support of the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ABRC), the participating hospitals, doctors, nurses, mid-wives, birth educators and, of course, the important role of the University of Colorado Public Cord Blood Bank / ClinImmune Labs.
The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program is a offered at four locations in Arizona:
- Dignity Health at St. Joseph’s Hospital
- Maricopa Integrated Health Services
- ABRAZOS HEALTH (formerly Phoenix Baptist Hospital)
- Tucson Medical Center
It takes everyone!
Save the Cord Foundation’s role in this program has also been key. We are focused on promoting awareness, educating parents and medical staff, as well as continuing to work with and support the key participants in the program. Indeed, we hope that this program will not only continue to grow but that it will serve as a model to other states who wish to do the same.
As we continue to promote the program, we thought it would be nice to focus on some of the key players of the program and find out what it means to them. Today, we will hear from the bank itself – the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank / ClinImmune Labs.
The University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank has been key to this program’s success and we are happy to see that they are continuing to grow and develop along with the program. We asked them to give us their thoughts on the program so far and here is what they had to say:
“For the past 4 1/2 years, Colorado and Arizona have enjoyed a wonderful inter-state partnership through the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program, in which umbilical cord blood collected in Arizona is stored in Colorado. ClinImmune Labs and its University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank in Aurora, Colorado have been collaborating with a myriad of Arizona organizations and thousands of Arizona’s mothers who are enthusiastically committed to donating their babies’ cord blood with the potential of saving lives in Arizona and around the U.S. and worldwide. In Colorado, we are processing the cord blood collected by highly competent staff at four Arizona hospitals (St. Joseph, Maricopa, and Abrazo Central Campus in Phoenix, and Tucson Medical Center). Our kudos to the hospital officials and talented staff who have given significant time and effort to this initiative. We are also truly grateful for the financial and programmatic support of the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ABRC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Finally, we continue to be impressed with the Save the Cord Foundation’s wonderful (and objective!) education of Arizona citizens about the tremendous potential value of both private and public cord blood collection.
Since the inception of the Arizona Public Cord Blood Collection Program in 2011, 4,900 cord blood units have been collected by the 4 hospitals, and more than 600 of them have been placed on the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) for future transplantation.
Our major measurement of a successful program is “lives saved”, and Arizona cord blood has already been transplanted into 21 people with life-threatening illnesses!”
For those of you not familiar the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank, here is a little background:
“The University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank (UCCBB) is a major component of ClinImmune. Since UCCBB’s inception in 1996, it has banked over 10,000 umbilical cord blood units and sent 760 for transplantation to 150 medical centers throughout the US and 14 countries. UCCBB has received a HRSA contract for each of the past ten years (and on-going) to bank umbilical cord blood for the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI). The bank receives umbilical cord blood from hospitals in Colorado, Arizona and California, and is a major source of cord blood units for Hispanic patients requiring treatment for a number of serious of blood-related illnesses, such as leukemia. Especially notable is that in 2012 UCCBB was licensed by the FDA, one of only five public cord blood banks in the U.S. thus far, to achieve this licensure.
UCCBB recently moved to a new facility on the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado. The new space includes 4 clean rooms, doubling our previous clean room capacity and enabling ClinImmune to expand its stem cell processing and storage services into new arenas such as the use of mesenchymal cells for the treatment of diabetic wounds and to expand its private cord blood storage services under the CariCord moniker.”
It is easy to see why the cord blood partnerships with the University of Colorado Public Cord Blood Bank and the Clinimmune Labs are so important. We are very encouraged by the success of the program. Not only do we have tangible proof that 21 lives have already been saved thanks to these valuable cord blood partnerships but we can also see that there is an even brighter future ahead!
The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program provides those in Arizona with a public umbilical cord blood banking program. It is free to donate!
To learn how, click here ››
Visit the official site, click here ››
If you would like to see a similar program started in your state, contact us.
Please help support cord blood awareness and education by making a small donation to Save the Cord Foundation.