Did you know? NMDP is one of the top nonprofits in Minnesota

Posted July 8th, 2010 by Be The Match and filed in Donor Stories, Patient Stories
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Be The Match Registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). With nearly 700 people at the NMDP’s Coordinating Center in Minneapolis and 38 locations across the United States, the NMDP is one of the larger nonprofit organizations in Minnesota.

We also work with more than 500 network partner organizations that are critical to the transplant process — from transplant centers to donor centers to cooperative marrow registries and more — in the United States and around the world.

What do NMDP employees do?
In 2009, the NMDP facilitated an average of 400 transplants a month, for a total of more than 4,800 transplants. The NMDP is led by CEO Dr. Jeffrey W. Chell, who was named a 2009 “Champion in Health Care” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for leading the organization through a major expansion in its mission to provide marrow transplants to patients. To make sure patients receive the transplants they need, scientists, doctors, donor search coordinators and other professionals staff highly specialized departments and teams, including:

  • Search and Transplant – Partners with our network of donor and transplant centers to coordinate the many steps of the donor search, donation and transplant process
  • Donor Advocacy and Donor Resources –  Support donors throughout the donation process, from joining the registry to after donation
  • Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) – Conducts and supports critical research to help more patients live longer, healthier lives
  • BioInformatics Research – Investigates the science of matching and applies that expertise to streamline the donor selection process
  • Recruitment and Community Development – Recruits more members to Be The Match Registry and develops relationships with communities nationwide
  • Office of Patient Advocacy – Supports transplant patients and their families from diagnosis through survivorship by providing education, resources and other services
  • Medical Education – Educates physicians on transplant advances, timing and patient care post transplant
  • Cord Blood Coordinating Center – Supports the efforts of our network cord blood banks to encourage expectant parents to donate cord blood and administers the Related Donor Cord Blood Program
  • Be The Match Foundation – Raises funds to help patients with uninsured transplant costs, support transplant research and add donors to the Be The Match Registry.
  • And more

Why is the NMDP headquartered in Minneapolis?
When the tireless efforts of patient families, transplant doctors and other supporters resulted in a federal mandate to create the national marrow donor registry in 1986, the American Red Cross agreed to house the new organization at its St. Paul Regional Blood Services. The medical director in St. Paul, Jeffrey McCullough, M.D., had been involved from the beginning in establishing the registry.

In 1990, the National Marrow Donor Program became a separate nonprofit organization, and took over administration of the program from the American Red Cross. At that time, the NMDP moved from St. Paul to Minneapolis.

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