Children's of Mississippi and Batson Children's Hospital offer the state's only program for the collection and transplant of stem cells gathered from circulating blood, bone marrow, and cord blood. Transplants are one of the treatment options for children with blood cancers (leukemia and lymphoma) and other hematological disorders. The goal of a bone marrow transplant is to transfuse healthy bone marrow cells into the child after unhealthy marrow has been eliminated.
Our care team includes pediatric hematalogists, coordinators, and a low nurse-patient ratio. Facilities include an on-site stem cell collection, processing, and storage center that is FDA registered and certified by AABB (formerly, American Association of Blood Banks).
Batson Hospital's continuum of care includes a 12-bed transplant unit featuring special HEPA filtration, kitchen and laundry, children's activity room, wireless Internet, family visiting room, and outpatient infusion center. The children's playroom—equipped with toys, arts/crafts, board games, video games, and movies—is open 24 hours a day, and only occasionally closed for cleaning.
The program has received re-accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, including the clinical program, bone marrow harvest and apheresis collection areas, and the marrow transplant processing lab. The transplant program is affiliated with the National Marrow Donor Program network as a center for transplants, donors, collection, and apheresis.
Bone marrow registry
Bone marrow or blood stem cell transplants save thousands of lives each year. More lives could be saved if the right donors are available. University of Mississippi Medical Center is home to the Mississippi Marrow Donor Program, a participating donor center for Be the Match Registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). >>> more
Visitor guidelines and infection control
Most patients admitted to the bone marrow transplant unit have immune systems that do not work at some point during their stay. They have no way to fight infection, so the unit maintains strict visitation and infection control guidelines. >>> more
Packing for your stay
As you prepare for an extended stay on the bone marrow transplant unit, here are some things to consider bringing with you. >>> more