The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital is a collaboration between The Blood and Marrow Transplant Group of Georgia (BMTGA) and Northside Hospital.

For questions, call (404)-255-1930

Facilities

BMT/Leukemia Unit

We offer our patients a new state-of-the-art thirty-six bed unit used solely for BMT and leukemia care.

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Unique features of the new BMT Unit include:

  • Closed & isolated facility for exclusive use by BMT and acute leukemia patients
  • All private rooms with computerized electronic medical record documentation availability in each room
  • State-of-the-Art infection prevention including:
    • HEPA-filtered facility
    • 8 negative pressure rooms with ante-rooms to prevent cross-contamination from patient with existing infections
    • Seamless surfaces through out the Unit to eliminate colonization with infectious organisms
  • Dedicated exercise room for patients and caregivers.
    • Exercise room has a dedicated bathroom and shower.
  • Specialized BMT pharmacy with the capacity to mix chemotherapy/immunotherapy agents. Pharmacy utilizes a computerized medication administration record (MAR) to decrease/eliminate medication errors.
  • Dedicated Family Room with computer access, internet accessibility and disease related literature.
Highly Trained and Dedicated BMT Unit Staff
  • All nursing staff is OCN chemotherapy and ACLS certified.
  • Five dedicated nurse practitioners
  • Dedicated Ph.D. health psychologist
  • Five dedicated clinical PharmD's
  • Inpatient attending BMT/acute leukemia physician's on call 24 hrs. a day/7 days a week. No interns or residents are utilized by the Program.

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Outpatient Clinic Facility

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Unique Features of the BMT Leukemia Treatment Center:

  • 15,000 square foot outpatient BMT/leukemia treatment facility
  • Open 7 days a week and holidays
  • Only facility in Georgia that provides HEPA-air filtration to all patient care areas to reduce the transmission of airborne infections
  • 10 isolation rooms
  • Comfortable patient lounge chairs and hospital beds for prolonged care
  • Private examination and procedure rooms
  • Family waiting area
  • State of the art chemotherapy pharmacy
On Site Services Provided
  • Outpatient administration of high dose chemotherapy
  • Administration of immunosuppressive and antibiotic/antifungal drug administration
  • Blood product administration
  • Peripheral stem cell collection
  • Bone marrow biopsy, pulmonary function testing and EKG
  • On site aphereis, therapeutic and peripheral blood stem cell Collection Facility- please refer to Atlanta Blood Services.com
  • On site laboratory services
Highly Specialized and Trained Staff
  • Ten advanced practice providers
    • Undergoes extensive new hire/annual and ongoing certification and training
    • Evaluates and coordinates patient care with BMT physician
    • Performs outpatient procedures
    • Participates in multidisciplinary conferences
  • OCN chemotherapy certified RN's
    • Undergoes extensive new hire/annual training and competency
    • Patient education, assessment and monitory
    • Participates in multidisciplinary conferences
NSH Hematopoietic Stem Cell Processing Laboratory

New 4,736 square foot Hematopoietic Stem Cell Processing Laboratory opened in January 2010 stemCell

  • State-of-the-Art Facility
  • HEPA filtered facility
  • Four processing bays
  • On site microbulk liquid nitrogen supply tanks
  • Environmental monitoring system throughout facility
  • Performs autologous, allogeneic, cord blood and matched unrelated donor processing of cellular therapy products and performs collection of bone marrow.
    • Designated NMDP and Gift of Life Registry bone marrow collection facility
    • Performs adoptive immunotherapy procedures
  • Licensed by the state of Georgia, registered with the FDA and accredited by AABB and FACT
  • Highly Specialized and Trained Staff
  • Supervisor with over 25 years of experience in processing cellular therapy products
  • Quality Assurance and Standards Coordinator with over 15 years experience in processing cellular therapy products
    • Maintains HSC Laboratory in a continued state of compliance and readiness with regulatory and accrediting agency standards
    • Serves on the AABB's Cell Therapy Standards Committee
    • Chair of the AABB Cell Therapy Uniform Donor History Questionnaire Task Force
  • AABB Inspector for Cellular Therapy Programs
  • 3 additional Medical Technologists with over 50 years of combined experience in hematopoietic stem cell processing
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Diagnostic Testing Available to the Blood and Marrow Transplant Patient

NSH Flow Cytometry and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories, under the direction of Irina Grigorieva, PhD, perform high-complexity clinical assays by utilizing innovative equipment and progressive technologies in their 4,600 square feet state-of-the-art facilities. They provide outstanding customer care by assisting clinicians with diagnostic work up testing, able to determine disease prognostic indicators, quickly identifies early relapse, and provides post treatment assessment/diagnosis.

 

Both laboratories meet the requirements of CLIA, Georgia Department of Human Resources, JCAHO, and College of American Pathologists.

  • Flow Cytometry Services for NSH-Blood and Marrow Transplant Program:flow
    • 10-color immunophenotyping for evaluation, diagnosis and monitoring
      • Comprehensive and custom-designed antibody panels for flow cytometric analysis
      • Expression analysis of surface and cytoplasmic antigens
    • Enumeration of CD34-positive precursor stem cells for transplanting leukemic patients
    • IN DEVELOPMENT: flow cytometric analysis for minimal residual disease for leukemic patients.
  • Molecular Diagnostics Services for NSH-Blood and Marrow Transplant Program:flow
    • Pre-transplant genotyping of leukemia patients
    • Post-transplant engraftment follow-up by micro-chimerism assay
    • Monitoring of CMV viral load post-transplant
    • BCR-ABL1 fusion transcript analysis by RT-PCR
    • JAK 2 V617F mutation analysis by PCR
    • IN DEVELOPMENT: NPM1 mutation analysis for minimal residual disease for NPM1-positive leukemic patients
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Please contact Dr. Grigorieva at 404-851-6541 for any questions regarding services provided by NSH Flow Cytometry and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories