Hoxworth Blood Center Apheresis Collection Facility and its Cellular Therapies Division have been accredited by FACT since 2003. The program values their FACT accreditation and the impact it has had on their program’s continuous quality improvement objectives. Their belief in the accreditation process has led the Collections Facility Director, Patricia Carey, M.D., and the Laboratory Director, Thomas Leemhuis, Ph.D, to become FACT inspectors.
In the past 10 years, they have performed a combined total of 28 inspections. In addition, they both serve as members of the FACT Cellular Therapy Accreditation Committee. Dr. Leemhuis says, “We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to FACT’s collegial, positive approach toward improving the practice of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and other cell-based therapies throughout the world.”
Hoxworth’s mission is three-fold: 1) to provide exceptional collection and cell processing service to our clinical customers; 2) to facilitate implementation of novel cellular therapy-based clinical trials; and 3) to educate laboratory technologists in the laboratory aspects of cell transplantation. Hoxworth Blood Center offers a graduate program through the College of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Analytical and Diagnostic Sciences that leads to a Master of Science degree in Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences, with either an emphasis in Blood Transfusion Medicine or Cellular Therapies.
Hoxworth Blood Center University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, University of Cincinnati (U.C.) was founded in 1938, and is one of the oldest community blood centers in the USA. Hoxworth Blood Center’s Apheresis Collection Facility and Cellular Therapy Division serve the Blood and Marrow Transplant Programs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Jewish Hospital, Akron Children’s Hospital, and the National Marrow Donor Program; providing comprehensive collection and processing support for approximately 200 bone marrow and PBSC transplants each year. Hoxworth is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and provides service in compliance with FDA’s cGTP (21CFR 1271) and cGMP (21CFR 211) regulations. All laboratory operations are conducted in either an ISO class 8 or an ISO class 7 cleanroom, as applicable.
For more information on Hoxworth Blood Center, visit www.Hoxworth.org or call 513-558-1553.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are solely the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.
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