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Vitalant New Jersey
AABB: Public & Family
As of December 2018, these are the participating hospitals in NJ:
- Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, NJ (on-site staff)
- St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ (on-site staff)
Vitalant New Jersey (formerly Community Blood Services) also collects from these participating hospitals in Pennsylvania via the the Mason Shaffer Foundation: Mason Shaffer survived a very rare genetic disorder thanks to a cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor. His family started a Foundation in his honor so that more parents in their community can donate cord blood.
- Main Line Health - Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, PA
- Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
These Pennsylvania collection sites are supported by the Dan Berger Cord Blood program: The Dan Berger Cord Blood program was founded in memory of Pittsburgh native Dan Berger. It is a combined public/private program: Cord blood donations are sent to the public bank at Vitalant, whereas parents who wish to bank for their family are encouraged to use one of the private banks that help fund the program.
- Magee-Womens Hospitalof UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA
- UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, PA
- St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
- West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
- The Midwife Center, Pittsburgh, PA
- Jefferson Regional Hospital, Clairton, PA
- Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, PA
Originally Community Blood Services was 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 later became known as the "New Jersey Cord Blood Bank" (NJCBB), whereas the "Elie Katz" name is used for the bank's private banking services.
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. This was the first state-wide public cord blood program in the nation. The inventory from both locations was consolidated under 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.
In Sept. 2018, all of the blood banks managed under Blood Systems were rebranded as Vitalant. At that time, the cord blood banking operations of The Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM) in Chicago were moved into Community Blood Services in New Jersey (now known as Vitalant New Jersey) and the ITxM donation hospitals in Illinois ceased to operate.