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Cord Blood Transplant Lab

Processing Laboratory
The Family Link Cord Blood Storage Program is housed within the Blood and Marrow Transplant Laboratory of Norton Healthcare. Once received at the lab, your baby’s cord blood is frozen and stored by certified lab technologists who use validated techniques and equipment for stem cell cryopreservation, including automated rate freezers and continuously monitored, vapor phase nitrogen storage facilities. The laboratory has integrated current manufacturing practices for stem cell procedures (collection, transport, testing, processing, cryopreservation and storage) with the latest published cord blood data. The program continues to collaborate with knowledgeable authorities from established centers in the United States in order to stay current on related cord blood findings.

Certifications and Accreditations
The Blood and Marrow Transplant Laboratory is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) for hematopoietic progenitor cell activities as well as for cord blood activities. The Blood and Marrow Transplant Lab also holds accreditations from the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The lab is FDA registered and CLIA certified.

Clinical Team
The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program provides transplant-related services for pediatric patients at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky.  Kosair Children’s Hospital is a member of the Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Consortium and is a Children’s Oncology Group Bone Marrow Transplant Center. The pediatric transplant program is a part of the University of Louisville Blood and Marrow Transplant (ULBMT) Program, with adult bone marrow transplant services at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville Hospital. The ULBMT Program is accredited by the FACT and is a member of the National Marrow Donor Program, the International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry and the Autologous Blood and Marrow Transplant Registry.

Medical Director

Alexandra C. Cheerva, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Cheerva is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist with a specialty in blood and marrow transplantation at Kosair Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville Hospital. She also is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

A graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois, Dr. Cheerva completed clinical and research fellowships at the University of Washington. She has held academic appointments at Loyola University School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Washington School of Medicine, Indiana University, University of Illinois College of Medicine and the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Dr. Cheerva is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the subspecialty Board of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. She is a member of the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, the Children’s Oncology Group and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Team Members

Clinical team
Alexandra Cheerva, M.D., M.S.

Jessica Beal-Korhonen, Psy.D
Kim Millbranth, R.N., BSN, CPHON
Elizabeth Reed, R.N.

Processing lab
Sara Bair, M.T. (ASCP)
Amanda Burkhardt, M.T., H(ASCP)CM
Beth Hubbard, M.T. (ASCP)
Rebecca Scott, M.T.

Contact information
Family Link Cord Blood Storage Program
Kosair Children’s Hospital
231 E. Chestnut St., Box N-9
Louisville, KY 40202

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(502) 629-7771

General information
(502) 629-1234 or (888) 4-U-NORTON

More Information

For more information, a detailed brochure or an enrollment packet for the Family Link Cord Blood Storage Program, click here or call (502) 629-1234 or (888) 4-U-NORTON.

To speak with a member of the laboratory or clinical staff, call (502) 629-7771.

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