Texas Cord Blood Bank recognizes DHR Health Women’s Hospital for cord blood collections

Cord blood collections at DHR Health Women’s Hospital have helped save lives since 2008
February 12, 2019

The Texas Cord Blood Bank (TCBB) presented a plaque today to the labor and delivery teams at DHR Health (DHR) Women’s Hospital for their outstanding efforts in collecting umbilical cord blood donations from generous mothers who give birth at the hospital and decide to donate.

TCBB is a program of GenCure, a subsidiary of San Antonio nonprofit BioBridge Global, and a Texas-wide source of lifesaving cord blood.

“Our hospital is proud to partner with Texas Cord Blood Bank and facilitate cord blood donations. We know how beneficial stem cells found in cord blood can be for someone who is sick,” said Aida Martinez Gonzalez, Vice President of DHR Health Women’s Hospital. “We are honored to have GenCure present our team with a plaque containing the name of the stem cell recipients. It’s special, it signifies the lives we have been able to help and hopefully cure.” 

Though it’s normally discarded, moms can choose to donate their newborns’ umbilical cord blood after healthy births to the TCBB. Cord blood contains stem cells, which can be used as an alternative to bone marrow transplants.

Cord blood stem cell transplants are a critical part of treatments for patients living with leukemia, lymphoma and other forms of cancer. The TCBB partners with National Marrow Donor Program Be The Match to add cord blood donations to the national registry for patients searching for bone marrow and cord blood stem cell matches.

Jessica Raley Ph.D., director of community engagement and community services at GenCure, presented the staff with a plaque recognizing its contributions to the TCBB.

DHR Women’s Hospital has been collecting for the TCBB since 2008. In total, 58 cord blood units have been sent to transplant centers to help save lives.

“Their efforts help us fulfill our mission to save and enhance lives,” Raley said. “Expectant mothers who deliver a baby at one of our partner hospitals can make a huge difference in helping provide a patient in need of a stem cell transplant with a lifesaving donation.”

Because biological markers used in matching donors to recipients are inherited, patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. Adding more donors from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to the registry increases the likelihood patients will find the cord blood match they need.