Florida Hospital partners with Duke to expand bone marrow transplant program – Orlando Sentinel

Florida Hospital for Children announced on Friday that it is expanding its existing bone marrow transplant through a new affiliation with Duke Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.

“I came to Florida Hospital for Children with a vision of building a world-class transplant program for the people not just of Central Florida, but of the entire state,” said Dr. David Shook, medical director for the hospital’s Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant program, in a news release. “By leveraging the vast resources of Duke Health, we’re one very large step closer to making that a reality.”

As an affiliate, Duke Health with provide Florida Hospital with advisory and operational support services, including business development, quality oversight and education and training. 

“We have been working toward this affiliation for some time and are thrilled to see it become a reality,” said Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Duke, in a news release. “We see this as a way to extend the innovative treatments developed at Duke to children in the state of Florida through Florida Hospital’s visionary program.” 

Earlier this year, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children announced that it’s opening a bone marrow transplant program with a $5 million gift from local a philanthropist.

Stem cells in the bone marrow help the body remake its immune system, especially after the patient receives high doses of chemotherapy or radiation. Bone marrow transplants can be used for several pediatric cancers including neuroblastoma, lymphoma, leukemia, blood disorders where traditional chemotherapy hasn’t worked, and sickle cell disease.

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