The Best Bone Marrow Transplant Center in America…It’s Right Here in Atlanta

I don’t often re-post articles on this blog, but this one was to good to pass up.  It was written by Jonathan Copsey, Editor of the Milton Herald, a local newspaper in north Atlanta and part of the Appen Newspapers network.  In the article, he details how Northside Hospital, which is only 20 minutes away from where I live, but ironically, not where I received my BMT transplant, has just been named as having the highest survival rates of any bone marrow transplant facility in the United States.  Posted below is the full text of his article which was published last week.   Besides the organizations mentioned in the article, I think this is great news for BMTinfonet, and our local LLS chapter.

Northside Hospital blood, marrow transplant program reports best survival outcomes in nation

Re-Posted from the Milton Herald, written by Jonathan Copsey
September 14, 2011

ATLANTA – The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), the federally funded organization that facilitates most matched unrelated donor transplants in the United States, has released outcome data that indicate Northside Hospital’s Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program has, by far, the best survival rates for matched related and unrelated transplants of any program in the country. The most recently released outcome data was based on related transplants performed Jan. 1, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2008, and unrelated transplants performed Jan. 1, 2004 to Dec. 31, 2008, with 100-day follow-up post transplant. Rankings are among BMT programs that performed more than two transplants during the research period.

Transplanting healthy marrow may be the best and only hope of a cure for life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and other blood disorders. The BMT program at Northside is one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the nation, serving patients who require bone marrow or stem cell transplants. Patients don’t need to travel far to have access to the full range of available hematopoietic transplants, including those from matched related, matched unrelated and haploidentical donors and cord blood transplants. All services are conveniently located at Northside’s Atlanta campus.

In 2010, 175 transplants were performed at Northside, placing the hospital among the top 10 percent of all BMT programs in the nation in terms of volume. The one-year survival of matched unrelated donor patients transplanted at Northside was 77 percent, the best of any BMT program in the country. Furthermore, the actual survival was 19 percent above the survival expected by the NMDP for Northside, based on the risk profile of the patients transplanted (56.3 percent). This is the greatest positive variance between expected and actual survival for any BMT program in the nation.

“Although transplant volume is important, our philosophy at Northside is focused on providing the most patient-friendly experience and the best clinical outcomes for patients undergoing BMT,” said H. Kent Holland, M.D., medical director of the BMT program at Northside Hospital. “The compassionate and state-of-the-art care provided surpasses that of many of the country’s most prestigious, academically oriented programs.”

In 2010, Northside also was selected to join the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), an exclusive group of 30 community cancer centers. Northside is the only hospital in Atlanta and one of only three hospitals in the southeastern United Stated chosen for this prestigious honor.”The BMT program’s high level of expertise in blood and marrow transplant therapy and strong portfolio of clinical research play an integral role in Northside’s award from the NCCCP,” said Bob Quattrocchi, president and CEO of Northside Hospital. “We are extremely proud of the commitment to quality of the more than 200 professionals that work in our BMT program.”

An accomplished group of nationally recognized physicians, along with a team of highly trained professionals, spearhead the amazing work that takes place in Northside’s newly renovated inpatient and outpatient BMT units, laboratory and blood donor center. Together, they provide patients with promising hope for a disease-free existence.

For more information about the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital, visit www.northside.com and www.BMTGA.com. For more information about the National Marrow Donor program, visit www.nmdp.org or www.BeTheMatch.org.

4 thoughts on “The Best Bone Marrow Transplant Center in America…It’s Right Here in Atlanta

  1. Debbie Kirkland says:

    I have read your blog with much interest as my so, age 30, is about to undergo a bone marrow transplant. He has Chronic Myelogenous Oh! How I would love to talk with your mother!
    I have been so encouraged by your blog. Thanks so very much for sharing your experiences.

  2. Stacy C says:

    I have stumbled upon your blog while researching BMT for my husband of 18 years. He has had a recurrence of Hodgkins after a nine year remission. Back then we didn’t have our son (who is 7) so it’s a whole new ball game for us. Chris is signed up to follow your blog and I hope it helps him cope and gain some insight on things to come. I will follow it as well and sift through the years you have shared. I am so happy you have recently celebrated your first transplant birthday. I am also excited about the CUREganizer. I was hoping I would never again need such a product but unfortunately I do so I am glad to find it. Good luck!

    Stacy C.

  3. vijay Sejpal says:

    yes this informations will be very useful for me as my wife suffering from
    AML needs go threw bone marrow transfer , ,thank you

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