The Catalyst Issue 20 | December 2014 - Page 13

Stem cell transplant team members have big reasons to smile! Back row, from left: Carrie Matthews, Makenzie Fryar, Ann Wilson, Calvinette Richardson-Moore, and Jon Herrington. Front row, from left: Shelly Heideman, Paula Robinson, patient Kyle Jeter, Dr. Christian Cable, and Dr. Walter Linz. Achieving FACT accreditation The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), which awards the accreditation, is located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Ann Wilson, a Scott & White senior processing technologist who oversees the processing laboratory where the rescued stem cells are processed and stored, spearheaded the arduous application process, which took several years. The application culminated in an on-site evaluation in the spring of 2014, and by summer the Scott & White team learned that their program was officially accredited. Dr. Cable appreciated what the FACT inspectors said as and include nausea, hair loss, and other symptoms. Some of these days were rough, Mr. Carver admits, but the pain that had hindered him for half a year was gone by the end of his hospital stay. “When I got released from the hospital, it seemed like every week I felt better and better. I’m ecstatic about the results,” he says. Mr. Carver took his health problems in stride, and even viewed the situation with a bit of humor. After he lost his hair because of the chemotherapy treatment, he thought, “Well, I don’t need a haircut, and I don’t have to shave!” they concluded their site visit. “They told us at the end they thought we had a high-quality, small program, and that was really our mantra from the beginning,” he says. The team’s initial goal was not only to provide expertise in stem cell transplantation but also to offer patients a personalized experience, close to home, so they wouldn’t have to travel to an urban center for care. So far, patient feedback has made the effort worthwhile. “Patients say they like the smaller program; they like the personal treatment,” Dr. Cable says. “They feel like people know who they are.” The transplant team is happy to hear of patients with outcomes like that of Mr. Carver, their 100th patient! Six months after his procedure, he was again enjoying his favorite pastime, golf, playing 18 holes two or three times a week. He and his wife, Jacque, visited Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, this past fall and are planning an Alaskan cruise in 2015. “I would do it again [undergo the transplant] in a heartbeat,” he says. “It has really been helpful in my life.” Mr. Carver enjoyed the personal treatment he received from the transplant team during his stay at Scott & White. “The whole staff at the hospital is the friendliest group I’ve ever seen,” he says. That kind of recognition from patients means a lot to the transplant team, consisting now of about 20 members, including physicians, pharmacists, lab workers, social workers, oncology nurses, and more. A team approach has been important to the program from its earliest days. “We realized from the very beginning it was going to take a very big team. And we are proud to work together to give our patients the best care,” says Dr. Cable. n | December 14 THE CATALYST 13