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Friday, February 6, 2015
A ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Jan. 29 to officially open the new Bone Marrow Transplant Cellular Processing Laboratory. Pictured, Thomas Spitzer, MD, director of the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program – flanked by David Ryan, MD, left, MGH Cancer Center chief of Hematology/Oncology and clinical director, and Timothy Graubert, MD, program director for Hematologic Malignancies – snipped the ribbon in the lab, now located in the lower level of the Jackson building.
The BMT program provides lifesaving treatment to patients with blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myelomas. The new state-of-the-art processing facility will work in partnership with Pathology and will help support the nearly 200 transplants performed at the MGH each year.
“Cutting this ribbon is breaking down a small barrier to a world of wonder, to previously unthinkable avenues of cellular therapy and hematopoietic graft engineering in order to improve the life of patients,” said Spitzer.
The group was joined by a small gathering of guests – including Ken and Laura Wernick, whose philanthropy throughout the years has helped sustain the BMT program. Technical supervisor of the lab, Anne Marie Ceredona, explained the intricacies of the collection of cells and the sterilization and processing steps, which are critical to ensure a successful graft and transplantation for patients.
“The BMT program recently reached the milestone of 2,000 procedures over a 20-year time span,” Spitzer said.
Afterward, the group moved upstairs to the Sweet Conference room for a celebratory reception, where they were joined by BMT staff and guests. The three hosts took turns thanking the many people at the MGH who have made this program and the new lab a success.
“A lot of what we do could not have been done without the generous support of our donors and our pathology collaboration,” said Graubert.
Added Ryan, “In the next 20 years we will cure a lot more patients than we did in the last 20 years, and that is truly a major accomplishment.”
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