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For fourth year, Northside recognized for blood, marrow transplant


Northside Hospital remains among nation's best in survival outcomes



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September 30, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – For the fourth consecutive year, Northside Hospital's Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program has been reported as having among the best survival outcomes in the country for related and unrelated bone marrow transplants.

The data was reported by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), the federally funded organization that facilitates most unrelated bone marrow transplants in the United States. The most recently reported data spans from 2008 through 2010.

"At Northside, we are committed to providing our patients with outstanding clinical care as demonstrated by our patient-centered, comprehensive quality management program," said Dr. H. Kent Holland, medical director, BMT Program at Northside Hospital. "The results of our efforts are clearly shown in these latest results from the National Marrow Donor Program."

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 2012, 184 transplants were performed at Northside, placing the hospital among the top BMT programs in the nation in terms of volume. The one-year survival of patients transplanted at Northside was 78 percent, among the best of any BMT program in the country and exceeding the survival expected by the NMDP for Northside. Northside is one of only two transplant programs in the country (out of 130) that have performed significantly better than their expected range for the past four consecutive reporting cycles.

In 2011, Northside's BMT Program was asked by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to join the prestigious group of Core Clinical Centers for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network. Northside is one of only 20 such BMT programs to be awarded this status. Northside also is the only metro Atlanta hospital chosen by NCI to be a Community Cancer Center, which gives patients access to the latest cancer research and treatments.

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 http://www.northside.com and http://www.BMTGA.com. For more information about the National Marrow Donor Program, visit http://www.BeTheMatch.org.

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