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Blood Cancer Center at Jewish Hospital and OHC Medical Experts Perform 2000th Bone Marrow Transplant

Joanie Manzo, R.N., B.S.N., Blogs, News Releases, 0 comments
September 23, 2016


Stacey Cass, the 2000th transplant patient, with Dr. James Essell, OHC Hematologist/Oncologist and Medical Director for the Blood Cancer Center.

On Fri, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m., The Blood Cancer Center at Mercy Health, under the leadership of OHC Medical Director James Essell, MD, performed the center’s 2000th bone marrow transplant. A bone marrow transplant is a procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells.

The Blood Cancer Center care team and patient Stacey Cass, 59, of Fairfield, Ohio, who has multiple myeloma, took a moment to celebrate the milestone and the center’s more than 20 years of saving lives thanks to clinical and research excellence.

“Having the Blood Cancer Center, one of the most advanced adult blood and bone marrow transplant programs in the region, in our community is something that we can all be proud of,” said Dr. James Essell. “Our research program gives patients access to leading-edge treatments and clinical trials as soon as they become available so that they can receive the treatment they need where they live.”

To date in 2016, The Jewish Hospital Blood Cancer Center has performed 64 transplants and completed 2,000 since opening in 1993.

Feature Photo: Stacey Cass (center) with her sister (left) and mother (right).


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