A new partnership between CORD USE Cord Blood Bank (Orlando, Florida) and TheWinnie Palmer Hospital for Mothers and Babies (Orlando, Florida) will provide umbilical cord blood stem cells to people with blood diseases. Cord blood is the stem cell rich blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth. Stem cells are collected from the umbilical cord blood that would otherwise be discarded.

CORD USE said umbilical cord blood can save the lives of critically ill patients, treating more than 65 different diseases including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants have already been performed in more than 8,000 patients, the company said.

The blood bank was founded in 2004 to create an ethnically diverse inventory of cord blood stem cell units for patients in need of a potentially life-saving transplant.

Sagemark expands operations at New York facility

The Sagemark Companies (Rockville, New York) said it has expanded operations at its Rockville Centre, New York, PET imaging facility with the addition of a new 16 slice PET/CT imaging system, a Biograph system from Siemens (Malvern, Pennsylvania).

The system combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) technology to create a new diagnostic imaging system, the company said. As the patient undergoes a scan in this imaging system, the anatomically detailed information obtained from a CT scan is merged with the biological function recorded by the PET scanner to form not merely a photograph, but a "biograph" -- an image that records living tissues and life processes, Sagemark said.

The new PET/CT is the eighth diagnostic system to be installed at the company's seven PET imaging centers, Sagemark said.

Michael Fagien, MD, chief medical officer of Sagemark, said, "Expanding our medical diagnostic imaging capabilities at our Rockville Centre imaging facility with the addition of this state-of-the-art PET/CT system will enhance our ability to continue to offer high-quality services and deliver cost-effective medical imaging."

Sagemark owns outpatient medical diagnostic imaging centers that use PET and CT imaging equipment.