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Stony Brook University Hospital Opens BMT Unit Wing Provides Care for Patients Who Receive Blood or Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation

Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) completed and opened a new unit that is devoted to the care of blood and bone marrow stem cell transplant patients after they receive high-dose chemotherapy and the transplant, which is often a lifesaving or life-extending procedure. During a July 20 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Bruce Schroffel, Director and CEO of SBUH, said that the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit is the only one in a Suffolk County. The unit and expertise of physicians and staff within it will serve as the foundation for a newly created Leukemia / Lymphoma / Transplant Service. Some patients who have leukemia and lymphoma but do not undergo a blood or marrow stem cell transplant will also be cared for in the unit.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit is a welcome addition to the Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Program, which was redeveloped in 2003. Under the direction of the program’s Medical Director Kenneth Zamkoff, MD, both autologous (derived from patient’s own tissue) and allogeneic (donor-derived) blood or marrow stem cell transplants are now performed at SBUH. In 2003, Dr Zamkoff was recruited to Stony Brook by Benjamin Luft, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine. He brings more than 20 years of experience directing bone marrow transplant programs and most recently was Associate Director, Bone Marrow Transplant Program, at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC. Patients with certain forms of cancer – such as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myoloma – are typically recipients of a blood or marrow stem cell transplant. Of the seven rooms within the unit, four are designed for allogeneic patients and are equipped with added environmental air filtration systems and other means to help prevent exposure to potentially infectious germs.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit is located on Floor 19 South in SBU. For more information about the unit and its services, call the transplant coordinator, Michelle Stevens, RN, at (631) 444-1723.

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