ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CORD:USE - http://www.corduse.com - is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to collect umbilical cord blood to be placed into the National Cord Blood Inventory for patients in need of a potentially life-saving transplant.
"We are thrilled and honored to partner with an institution as prestigious as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center which is known for providing the highest quality patient care," said Edward Guindi M.D., President of CORD:USE. "Providing our high quality cord blood banking services at the largest academic medical center in the Western United States will help us build the National Cord Blood Inventory with cord blood units that will help save many lives."
"We are excited to partner with the world-class team at CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank to provide our patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center the option to donate their baby's cord blood. We did a significant amount of due diligence prior to choosing CORD:USE and concluded that CORD:USE measured up to the caliber of bank required to work with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and help serve its patients with this very important program," said Paola Aghajanian, M.D., Director of Labor & Delivery and the Maternal Fetal Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
"The physicians at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center provide superb obstetrical care and because the physicians and scientists there are also engaged in research to bring medical advancements directly from the laboratory to the bedside makes the partnership with CORD:USE a wonderful fit," said Dr. Guindi. "CORD:USE and its team of world leaders in cord blood banking, transplantation and science, are excited to be working together with the outstanding doctors and scientists of Cedars-Sinai to help advance the field of cord blood medicine."
More than 6,500 babies are delivered at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center each year. Expectant parents will soon have the option of donating their babies' cord blood there. CORD:USE will also utilize its highly advanced technologies and procedures to store cord blood for those families at Cedars-Sinai desiring to have CORD:USE protect their babies' cord blood for their families' possible future use.
About CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank
CORD:USE operates leading public and family cord blood banks. CORD:USE is directed by a team of the world's leading cord blood scientists and physicians. CORD:USE Public Cord Blood Bank's cord blood units are donated by parents at leading obstetrical hospitals across the nation and are distributed to transplanters, throughout the country and world, as a critical component in their treatment of patients suffering from more than 70 diseases. CORD:USE Family Cord Blood Bank protects families' cord blood in its state-of-the-art laboratory utilizing similar high-quality cord blood banking practices and technologies that are used in its leading public cord blood bank. For more information, please contact Michael Ernst at 407.667.3000.
SOURCE CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank