The Network - Issue 2, Winter 2012
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S DESK
Building a Quality Stem Cell Network
Change is in the air—a new year, a new issue of The Network, and news from the OneMatch team that is all about embracing change and looking to the future. In this issue, we focus on the theme of “Building a Quality Stem Cell Network.” With your input and participation, we continue to become a stronger health care partner to transplant hospitals, collection centres, stakeholders, patient groups, and community partners.
We are proud to leap into 2012 with renewed World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) accreditation. The WMDA re-accreditation process culminated with a two-day on-site inspection of the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, that found no errors, concerns or issues identified at the exit interview. The re-accreditation team praised our team on the quality of processes and procedures in place to support stem cell registries. Working together, we can learn best practices and make the biggest impact.
Partnerships are integral to our operations. They guide us in building a stronger stem cell registry for all Canadian patients, while supporting the needs of the national and international stem cell community. This is why in this issue you will find stories of how our work with community partners helps patients and their families while building an “optimal donor” base.
To build a quality stem cell Network, we have introduced new recruitment efforts focused on obtaining the “optimal donor.” In this issue, you will find an overview of our progress in attracting this donor, complete with the latest statistics to illustrate our direction as we move into 2012.
We are also excited to share news of the first steps toward adding a third OneMatch source of blood stem cells to increase transplant opportunities for both Canadian and international patients: umbilical cord-blood stem cells. Since is approval in March 2011, work has been actively underway to establish the OneMatch Public Cord Blood Bank by April 1, 2013. It will begin its operations in Ottawa and then roll out in select cities across Canada, with the goal of collecting 20,000 cord blood units within eight years. Canadian Blood Services has agreed to raise $12.5 million in the first three years to help cover the cost of the project, which is funded by the provinces and territories Ministers of Health.
The OneMatch Public Cord Blood Bank project team recently welcomed its new leader, Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen as its Director. Heidi is an expert in cryobiology and has been an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Also in the works is the Stem Cells National Systems Solutions Project which will provide a more robust IT infrastructure to increase our quality commitments to our transplant community customers, eventually allowing OneMatch to exchange donor information with you in real time. Led by Yves Garcia, it is another way in which we continue to collaborate and innovate, ensuring our OneMatch Network supports patients with optimal donors.
We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to working together to continue to bring positive change to the lives of stem cell patients everywhere.
Let us know what you think of this issue, and if you would like to contribute in the future.
See you again soon.