Regional Collection Center Network
When donors are called to donate for patients in need of transplants, they are sent to regional collection facilities with whom Gift of Life has partnered. These centers are selected based upon many factors—including their qualifications, experience, reputation, and size—and are strategically located in parts of the country where Gift of Life has a critical mass of donors in its registry.
All of the centers have active bone marrow transplant programs and are thus highly experienced in the collection of bone marrow and blood stem cells. In fact, many are even designated as comprehensive cancer centers by the National Cancer Institute. Affiliated collection centers must meet Gift of Life standards and participation criteria.
While many donors reside in locations that are proximate to Gift of Life regional collection centers, this is not always the case. Some donors will be asked to travel, by air, to a regional collection facility. In most cases, the facility chosen will be the one closest to where the donor lives, but this choice is dependent upon scheduling and availability at that facility. The Gift of Life staff strives to make the donation process as convenient as possible for donors, but we often work within the constraints of the collection centers' schedules. When a regional center is unable to meet the required dates and timeline, Gift of Life may ask donors to travel even when there is a center close to their home.
We thank our donors for giving of themselves and of their time. Gift of Life continues to work hard to develop relationships with a growing number of collection facilities in under-served areas.
Regional Collection Center Network (as of Nov 2013):
|Apheresis Associates of Northern Virginia
|Dana Farber Cancer Institute
|Georgetown University Medical Center
|Hackensack University Medical Center
|Karmanos Cancer Institute
|Mt. Sinai Medical Center
||New York, NY
|New York Presbyterian Hospital
||New York, NY