The Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program of Mayo Clinic in Florida, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and Wolfson Children’s Hospital has been awarded a three-year accreditation renewal through November 2019, by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). The foundation awarded the accreditation renewal after a rigorous process of inspection of all collection, clinical and laboratory facilities at the three locations.
“We are pleased that Mayo Clinic in Florida, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and Wolfson Children’s Hospital have met the requirements of the Foundation and have been granted accreditation for their joint Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program,” said Phyllis Warkentin, MD, FACT medical director.
“The teamwork and cooperation between all three organizations in the program has never been better,” said Blood and Marrow Transplant Program Director Michael Joyce, MD, PhD, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care. “FACT accreditation is a promise to our patients that we are adhering to and meeting the highest standards in the field.”
The joint program was created in 2001 to allow for greater collaboration in physician and staff expertise, research and clinical protocols between Mayo Clinic in Florida, Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care. Patient referrals to the program come not only from physicians in Jacksonville and across Florida and South Georgia, but from across the United States and internationally.
Since it was established, the combined program has transplanted more than 1,000 patients with a variety of illnesses including leukemia, neuroblastoma, bone marrow disorders, multiple myeloma, lymphoma, brain tumors, Ewing’s sarcoma, and amyloidosis. Stem cells for transplant may be obtained from the patients themselves (autologous) or from immediate family members, volunteer unrelated adult marrow donors or donated umbilical cord blood donor units.
The program shares a single cryopreservation laboratory (where hematopoietic stem cells are frozen and processed) at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Mayo maintains the program’s adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit, and Wolfson Children’s Hospital maintains Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant beds on the Hematology/Oncology Unit in the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower. The joint program shares information systems, quality and other clinical and administrative staff.
“We are proud to receive this renewal of accreditation. It is recognition of the excellence of our program, and a source of assurance to our patients, referring physicians and payors of the highest standards and quality of patient care and laboratory practices in our program,” said Vivek Roy, M.D., hematologist/oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida and medical director of the adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.
Current medical directors for the program include Vivek Roy, MD, overall program director and the medical director of the adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Mayo Clinic in Florida; Michael Joyce, MD, PhD, medical director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care; and Abba Zubair, MD, PhD, medical director of the adult Apheresis Program and the Cryopreservation Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Florida.