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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Awarded FACT Accreditation

Highest standards for blood and bone marrow transplants

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

The Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has received internationally-recognized accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

FACT is an accrediting body for hospitals and medical institutions offering stem cell transplant, and indicates the accredited institution has met the most rigorous standards in every aspect of stem cell therapy. This covers the entire spectrum of stem cell therapy, from clinical care to donor management, cell collection, processing, storage, transportation, administration, and cell release.

FACT standards are defined by leading experts based on the latest knowledge in the field of cellular therapy transplantation. Nemours has been found to be in compliance with these rigorous standards, as well as governmental regulations.

The accreditation process involves an on-site inspection of the facility, as well as a review of documents submitted prior to inspection. The hospital and its marrow collection facility were found to have no deficiencies or variances, which is quite rare for an initial application. “By achieving FACT accreditation, Nemours is informing patients, medical professionals, health insurance companies, and the government that it exceeds standards in patient care and laboratory practices,” said Danielle Perry, MPH, Program and Accreditation Manager, Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

In addition, FACT accreditation is used in determining the U.S. News & World Report rankings of transplant centers for the "America's Best Hospitals" and "America's Best Children's Hospitals" lists.

“We pursued this accreditation because we believe it demonstrates our commitment to excellence and is another way we can let families know that our hospital is always striving to achieve the highest level of care for children,” said E. Anders Kolb, MD, Director, Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.