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West Penn Allegheny Cell Transplantation Program Earns Accreditation Renewal

Friday, May 18th, 2012

PITTSBURGH – The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) has awarded a three-year accreditation renewal to the Cell Transplantation Program at West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS), indicating adherence to the field’s highest standards.
 
FACT accreditation demonstrates commitment to quality in cellular therapy and blood and marrow transplantation through adherence to rigorous standards, as verified by periodic inspections and peer review. The re-accreditation followed an on-site inspection and submission of documents that demonstrated compliance with international standards for cellular therapy.
 
“FACT accreditation is the highest standard of excellence for stem cell and bone marrow transplant programs,” said John Lister, MD, Division Director of Hematology and Cellular Therapy for WPAHS. “This re-accreditation speaks to the talent and commitment of everyone involved with the Cell Transplantation Program: physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and office staff.”
 
Entezam Sahovic, MD, is Director of the Cell Transplantation Program, and James Rossetti, DO, is Associate Director.
 
Founded in 1996, FACT establishes standards for high quality medical and laboratory practice in cellular therapy.  FACT is a non-profit corporation co-founded by the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation for the purposes of voluntary inspection and accreditation in the field of cellular therapy.
 
Many health insurance plans and managed care organizations use FACT accreditation in determining “Centers of Excellence,” and FACT accreditation is increasingly required for patient care reimbursement from government agencies and health insurance companies.
 
In addition, U.S. News and World Report utilizes FACT accreditation in its rankings of America’s Best Hospitals. FACT accreditation is required of blood and marrow transplant programs that participate in various clinical trial groups, including the Cancer Trials Support Unit of the National Cancer Institute.
 
Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the Cell Transplantation Program based at West Penn Hospital has been nationally recognized as a leader in the treatment of patients with acute and chronic leukemias, myelodysplastic syndromes, hodgkin disease, non-hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and related disorders.
 
Among the first hospitals in the nation to join the National Marrow Donor Program, West Penn Hospital was the only hospital in the region with a blood and marrow transplant program approved by the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, a national clinical trial organization.
 
West Penn is also among an elite list of hospitals nationwide recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, an organization dedicated to treating disorders that inhibit healthy blood cell production.
 
As the region’s most comprehensive transplant program, West Penn provides the most advanced treatment options and drug therapies available, guiding patients through all phases of transplantation from marrow and blood collection to processing, transplantation and follow-up care. The team includes physicians, nurses, social service professionals, pastoral care, case managers, dietitians, financial coordinators, and our transplant coordinators,
 
 
 
 
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