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Read recent news about the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at The University of Kansas Hospital.

National Awards and Recognition 

Physicians, nurses and staff demonstrate leadership and dedication to quality.


BMT Nursing Care Earns PRISM Award

BMT Prism Award

The BMT unit of The University of Kansas Hospital is the first-time recipient of the PRISM Award™, co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, or AMSN, and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board, or MSNCB. It recognizes exceptional nursing practice, leadership and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units across the country and underscores the strong collaboration between BMT’s inpatient and outpatient staff.

With more than 600,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States today, AMSN and MSNCB designed the award to promote public understanding of the broad spectrum of patient care services these nurses provide. The award is based on excellent recruitment and retention practices, outstanding application of evidence-based practice standards, personalized and holistic patient care and a healthy and supportive work environment. 


BMT Program Earns 2013 Innovation Award

Be The Match National Morrow Donor Program

Be the Match®/National Marrow Donor Program® recognizes Innovation Award recipients for the development of new services and processes to drive best practices in the field of blood and marrow transplant. Our BMT program earned the 2013 Innovation Award for our innovative physician engagement and education initiatives on blood and marrow transplant referral guidelines. 

We implemented ways to provide continual and useful education for physicians to use in their decision-making for when to refer blood cancer patients for blood and marrow transplants. The timing of blood and marrow transplants is very critical to survival. 


2013 BMT Program Report  

Transplants

The blood and marrow transplant program had another record year, providing 303 transplants to patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other related blood diseases. This year’s total is a 31.7 percent increase over last year and reflects a 500 percent increase over the past six years, making the program one of the nation’s largest based on the number of transplants.

The greatest increase was in allogeneic transplants − stem cells from a donor − at 123, up 60.3 percent over last year. The total number of autologous transplants − stem cells from the patient − was 178, a 17.1percent increase over last year. 

Clinical trial enrollments

Clinical trial enrollments of BMT patients increased 60 percent for a total of 143. The University of Kansas Cancer Center has, nationally, the third most patients enrolled in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical research trials.

Facility expansion

BMT outpatient clinical areas at the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion expanded to include 14 exam rooms, 22 treatment rooms, a patient consultation room, four lab draw stations and an improved waiting room. 

Awards

The blood and marrow transplant program received two national awards in 2013. The Innovation Award from Be the Match®/National Marrow Donor Program® recognizes physician engagement and education on blood and marrow transplant referral guidelines. 

The BMT inpatient program received the first-ever PRISM Award from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses  and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board  for providing exceptional nursing practice, leadership and outcomes.


BMT Clinical Expansion

BMT outpatient clinical areas at The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s Westwood, Kansas, location have expanded to meet the growing need in the region for blood and marrow transplants. 

More patients can receive the treatment needed in a timely manner at the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion. There are now 14 exam rooms, 22 treatment rooms, four lab draw stations, a larger waiting room and a command center to allow physicians and staff to work more efficiently.