New Jersey Cord Blood Bank
The New Jersey Cord Blood Bank at Community Blood Services is a non-profit regional blood bank founded in 1953 and serving the transfusion medicine needs of New Jersey and New York. Their public cord blood banking program began in the mid-1990's and was formerly named after the founding donor Elie Katz. It is now known as the "New Jersey Cord Blood Bank" (NJCBB).
Community Blood Services uses the state of the art, fully automated Sepax processing system from Biosafe. The Sepax processing kit is a sterile, single-use, functionally closed system, so that the cord blood never comes into contact with the external environment.
NJ Governor Codey created a NJ statewide public cord blood bank by Executive Order 18 Oct 2005. Initially, the NJ program gave a two year grant of $350,000 to the stem cell processing laboratory at Community Blood Services in Allendale, and also financially supported the Coriell Institute in Camden. As of 26 May 2007, the program became known as the New Jersey Cord Blood Bank and was consolidated under Community Blood Services. Coriell transferred its cord blood collection and staff to the control of Community Blood Services.
In Aug of 2009, Community Blood Services joined the cohort of banks funded by HRSA to collect racially diverse donations for the national cord blood inventory. Due to the fiscal constraints of the NJ state deficit, since 2010 the bank has focused primarily on collecting cord blood units which meet the HRSA criteria for reimbursement. Those hospitals with on-site staff allow donors to sign up without pre-registration.
By 2009, NJCBB was collecting cord blood from 25 hospitals in New Jersey, 16 hospitals in New York, 2 hospitals in Delaware, and 1 hospital in Rhode Island. However, in 2009 it became clear that NJ was running one of the largest state deficits in the nation and could not continue to support the public banking program. In 2010, NJCBB eliminated all of their collection sites in NY and cut back to 5 collection sites in NJ. In 2011 that list narrowed to 3 hospitals in NJ. Specifically, the current collection centers have been chosen to meet the HRSA requirement to expand the number of minority donors in the national cord blood inventory.
In early 2013, Community Blood Services consolidated several operations in a bigger facility a few miles away in Montvale, NJ.
As of January 2014, these are the current participating hospitals in NJ:
- Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, NJ (on-site staff)
- Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ (on-site staff)
- St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ (on-site staff)
Community Blood Services also collects from these participating hospitals outside of NJ:
- Main Line Health - Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, PA
Collections from hospitals in the Philadelphia area are made possible by the Mason Shaffer Foundation. Mason Shaffer survived a very rare genetic disorder thanks to a cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor. His parents have started a Foundation in his honor so that more parents in their community can donate cord blood.
Finally, Community Blood Services accepts mail-in donations that have been collected by the NuvaCord Network.