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CORD:USE was founded in June 2004 by some of the leading doctors in cord blood transplantation. The company is headed by former OB/Gyn Ed Guindi, M.D. The medical director of the CORD:USE is Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg. CORD:USE offers both public donation and family storage.
- Public donations collected by CORD:USE are sent to the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, a FACT-accredited laboratory under the direction of Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg.
- CORD:USE has their own AABB-accredited laboratory, launched in Orlando Florida in 2010, for family storage.
CORD:USE only accepts donations from medical centers where they have trained the staff. The collection may be performed by dedicated personnel or by OB/Gyn's and midwives. CORD:USE training allows staff to either collect cord blood "in utero", prior to delivery of the placenta, or to collect "ex utero", by draining cord blood from the placenta after it has been delivered.
Public donations collected by CORD:USE are sent to the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, a FACT-accredited program under the direction of Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg that only saves the largest donations containing over a billion total nucleated cells. Smaller collections are used for research programs that collaborate with Dr. Kurtzberg. At the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, the CORD:USE inventory is stored in a separate BioArchive freezer.
As of May 2017, the current CORD:USE collection sites are:
- Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies - Orlando, FL
- Florida Hospital - Orlando, FL
- Florida Hospital Altamonte - Altamonte Springs, FL
- South Miami Hospital - Miami, FL
- Baptist Hospital Miami - Miami, FL
- Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn, MI
- Scottsdale Shea Hospital - Scottsdale, AZ (press)
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, West Hollywood, CA (press)