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Public Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Center

South Miami Hospital was the first in South Florida to house a public umbilical cord blood collection center.  

The hospital’s delivery of more than 4,000 babies annually and its location in culturally diverse Miami position it as an epicenter for the collection of stem-cell-rich umbilical cord blood. Parents may choose to donate for free their newborn’s umbilical cord blood, which would otherwise be thrown away as medical waste. 
  
The cord blood is collected immediately after birth and sent by CORD:USE, an Orlando-based company, to its storage facility at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, where it’s processed, stored and placed into the National Marrow Donor Program’s global registry for use by patients in need of cord blood or bone marrow transplants worldwide. 

Stem cells found in umbilical cord blood have been shown to be effective in treating patients with more than 70 diseases, including leukemias, lymphomas and sickle cell anemia. The cord blood collected at South Miami Hospital will help serve the urgent need for additional cord blood stem cell units. The National Marrow Donor Program reports that on any given day, more than 6,000 people are searching its registry for a life-saving blood stem cell match.

Pictured: Ann Spence-Bly, R.N., Cord:Use, harvests cord blood at South Miami Hospital. Parents can now donate for free their newborn’s umbilical cord blood, which would otherwise be thrown away as medical waste, to help patients worldwide suffering from blood diseases. South Miami Hospital’s collection center is the first public facility south of Orlando.