Tulane Medical Center November 21, 2016

Tulane Health System’s Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program is getting a new state-of-the-art patient care unit at Tulane Medical Center. The $3.8 million expansion project began this month and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2017. 

The BMT Unit renovations include a complete remodel and expansion of the current unit, increasing the number of patient beds from seven to 16. New, state-of-the-art airflow and water filtration systems will run throughout the unit to ensure continued clean, filtered air and water for patients who have weakened immune systems. Additional amenities will include an exercise/recreation room for patients to use during their hospital stay.

“Our bone marrow transplant program is the only accredited adult center in Louisiana performing related and unrelated donor transplants,” said Dr. Hana Safah, medical director of Tulane’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program. “We are so pleased to be doubling the size of our inpatient unit so we can better serve the community’s needs and bring cutting-edge technology to our patients.”

Tulane’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program is accredited by the internationally recognized Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), the Commission on Cancer and part of the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network.  It is the only FACT-accredited adult center in the state of Louisiana for both autologous and allogeneic transplants, performing related and unrelated donor transplants. Additionally, it is the only National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) transplant, apheresis and collection center for adults in Louisiana.

The BMT Unit renovations are part of Tulane Health System’s year-long construction initiative to renovate and improve several areas of its downtown Tulane Medical Center campus. The $6 million in recent improvements also includes the renovation of three medical/surgical units and the addition of a 128-slice CT scanner and 3 Tesla MRI.