Cord Blood Awareness Month|
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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Some of our tiniest patients at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen are already helping save lives. With their parents’ permission, they are donating cord blood that could potentially be used to help save the life of a person with a potentially deadly disease.
It’s all possible because Texas Health Allen, a member of the Texas Cord Blood Bank, became the first and only hospital in Collin County to offer the collection of life-saving cord blood as a free service to its patients.
Umbilical cord blood, which is normally discarded after a baby is born, is rich in blood-making cells.* It can be used as an alternative to bone marrow transplants to treat certain blood disorders and cancers.**
Texas Health Allen’s membership with the Texas Cord Blood Bank allows parents of new babies to donate cord blood that can then be available to other Texas families who may need it. The non-profit program was established by the legislature in 2001.
The cord blood collection service at Texas Health Allen is free. The blood donated is helping to build a state-wide cord blood bank with life-saving cord blood from a wide variety of sources. Diversity of sources is key in helping find suitable genetic matches for patients across the state.
For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.
*Texas Cord Blood Bank
**Texas Cord Blood Bank