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Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Hackensack University Medical Center: First in Nation to Receive Joint Commission Certification for Quality and First in New Jersey to be Named a Blue Distinction(R) Center for Specialty Care.
Date:10/2/2008

HACKENSACK, N.J., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is the first in the United States to receive Disease Specific Care Certification for stem cell transplantation from The Joint Commission, the nation's leading accrediting agency for hospitals and healthcare organizations. The Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program also recently became the first and only program in New Jersey to be named a Blue Distinction(R) Center for Specialty Care by the nationwide Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.

Both of these designations attest to the high quality of the program's clinical services, the expertise of its faculty and staff, stringent quality indicators that are maintained, research studies that are under way, and a rigorous quest for continuous improvement. The Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program is one of the 10 largest in the United States. Nearly 300 adults and children throughout the country with cancer and serious blood disorders come to the John Theurer Cancer Center each year to undergo a life-saving stem cell transplant at the program. Last year, the program reported outcomes success rates of more than 95 percent for the procedure.

"These designations attest to the high level of expertise offered by our Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program's chief, Dr. Scott Rowley, by his associate, Dr. Michele Donato, and by the entire transplantation team," says Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., chairman and executive administrative director of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center.

The Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program received Disease Specific Certification after a rigorous on-site, unannounced, day-long evaluation on August 29 that assessed clinical practices, policies and procedures, and performance measurement requirements. Four specific program measures were m
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