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Cryo-Cell International, the world's first family cord blood bank, provides premier cord blood stem cell cryopreservation service. Cryo-Cell acquired CORD:USE in June 2018 and continues to operate their network of cord blood donation hospitals.
As of Sept. 2018, the current 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
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, West Hollywood, CA (press)
CORD:USE was founded in June 2004 by some of the leading doctors in cord blood transplantation. The founding medical director of the CORD:USE was Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg.
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. At the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, the CORD:USE inventory is stored in a separate BioArchive freezer.