Our commitment is to provide every client with a viable source of stem cells that will result in the best treatment outcomes should they ever be needed. We stand behind our products 100% and back our commitment with the highest Quality Guarantee in the Cord Blood Banking industry.
Our guarantee states that if your child’s cord blood stem cells fail to engraft during a transplant due to a product defect, we will replace them with a suitable match from our public banking inventory. Should a suitable match not be available, we will pay up to $100,000 to defray the cost of procuring an alternative stem cell source as determined by your doctor.
Terms & Conditions
This Quality Guarantee is not intended to guarantee the result of a medical procedure. It is intended to apply only in the event that cord blood stem cells are required for hematopoietic transplant subject to the exclusions that are noted below.
In addition, the Quality Guarantee will not be extended to the Parent(s) unless the Parent(s) has completed and returned to Cord for Life® both Client Contract and the Health History Questionnaire.
Subject to the requirements set forth below, if a Client’s cord blood is processed and stored by Cord for Life® and is used for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation using recognized medical practices and fails to engraft, Cord for Life® will pay the Parent(s) $100,000. This payment to the Parent(s) is intended to partially defray the costs to procure alternative stem cells from a public cord blood bank, in the event of product failure.
Definition of Engraftment:
Engraftment is defined as three consecutive measurements in which the transplant recipient’s peripheral blood absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is equal to or greater than 500/microliter with the first measurement occurring within 100 days of transplantation. The engrafted cells must be of donor origin.
In order to qualify, Client must complete and return the required Enrollment Packet, including the Enrollment Agreement, the Informed Consent, the Payment Plan Form and Credit Card Authorization, and the Health Questionnaire in entirety.
Required documentation of failure to engraft includes:
HLA tissue typing: donor cells must be at least a 4 out of 6 match to the recipient.
The cord blood thawing procedure must be a validated procedure used by the transplant facility and the cord blood must be administered immediately (within 1 hr) upon thawing.
The cryopreserved cord blood must be used in an autologous stem cell transplant for homologous use (hematopoietic reconstitution) by the donor or by a first-degree or second-degree blood relative (the “Immediate Family”). The cryopreserved cord blood must be administered under the direction of a transplant physician in a FACT accredited medical facility qualified by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) for stem cell transplantation.
The Quality Guarantee does not include:
The Quality Guarantee is not available to:
Notification of Insurance:
By accepting payment via the Cord for Life® Quality Guarantee, the recipient agrees to notify any third-party payor who paid in part or wholly for the collection, storage, or transplant, of the existence of this Quality Guarantee, the amount paid and all other terms and conditions. Prior to payment of the Quality Guarantee, Cord for Life® must have proof, in writing, that all third-party payers involved in paying for collection, storage or transplant have been notified.
This $100,000 ® Quality Guarantee is valid for Clients who have signed Cord for Life®’s standard contract and Agreement covering cord blood services and whose payments to Cord for Life® for services are current.
Any and all payments made by Cord for Life® under the Quality Guarantee are made at the sole discretion of Cord for Life®.
The guarantee only covers the cost of procuring replacement stem cells and does not cover the cost of medical procedures or other related fees.
Any applicable federal, state or local taxes associated with the payments defined herein are the sole responsibility of the Client.
Client should note that banking a newborn’s cord blood does not guarantee that the umbilical cord blood will be a match for a family member, that a cord blood stem cell transplant would be the first or best course of treatment for any particular disease or that a child’s own cord blood is useful for every disease treatable by stem cell transplantation. A medical care provider ultimately decides whether the use of your Child’s cord blood sample is indicated, based on the nature and progression of the disease and the HLA matching for donor and recipient. This offer is independent from and in no way diminishes the effect of Cord for Life®’s limitation of liability set forth in its Agreement with client.
This $100,000 Cord for Life® Quality Guarantee is available only to Clients enrolling under the new service Agreement and associated fee structure beginning on or about May 1, 2018. The Cord for Life® Quality Guarantee is not retroactive to enrollments occurring before May 1, 2018.
Reserve your Cord Blood Collection Kit in time to bring it with you when you go into labor. Give your newborn every advantage with cord blood banking!
By donating your newborn’s cord blood, you are joining a nationwide effort to create a genetically diverse inventory of stem cells for transplant to a child.
Ms. Sardone has over 30 years of clinical laboratory experience as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Supervisor, including over 25 years with Central Florida Regional Hospital (CFRH). She was Supervisor of Quality Assurance, Safety and Education at CFRH for 11 years, held the positions of Blood Bank Supervisor for 11 years, and Hematology Supervisor for 1 year. She has participated in both sides of the inspection process, serving on the College of American Pathologists Inspection team for CAP Hospital Accreditation in Florida, and assisting in receiving accreditation by The Joint Commission (TJC), American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the inspections of the clinical laboratory. Ms. Sardone is licensed by the State of Florida as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist in Immunohematology, Hematology, Serology and Clinical Chemistry. She is a certified Clinical Laboratory Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Ms. Sardone serves as Manager of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Cord For Life, Inc. overseeing all licensing and regulatory agencies to ensure that the highest quality in all aspects of cord blood collection, processing, and storage is maintained. Ms. Sardone has been with Cord For Life for over 5 years of dedicated service. Her skills and knowledge in blood banking and quality assurance have enabled her to establish, implement and maintain a superior quality system that meets and exceeds all standards and regulatory requirements for Cord For Life, Inc.
Mr. Hudspeth has over 28 years of clinical laboratory experience as a certified Medical Technologist (ASCP), including ten years with the University of North Carolina Hospitals and 18 years with Cord for Life. Mr. Hudspeth is licensed by the State of Florida as a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor in Immunohematology, Hematology, Serology, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular Pathology and Microbiology as well as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and has completed the AABB Certification in Cellular Therapies through George Washington University.
Mr. Hudspeth is a registered Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and a member of the Cord Blood Association. He has also enjoyed teaching Immunology to Clinical Laboratory Science and medical school students at UNC while working in the UNCH clinical labs. Mr. Hudspeth is an Eagle Scout with 5 palms and has served numerous volunteer positions within the local Scouts BSA Troop and Pack.
Ms. Cable has 35+ years – experience in Office, Management, Human Resources, & Customer Service. As the Director of Administration and Client Services, Ms. Cable joined Cord for Life in December 2006, and has assisted in providing more efficient and effective ways to ease the enrollment process, as well as obtaining and establishing excellent customer care during the enrollment and donation period; for our Storage and Donation customers.
During the last two years of Medical School, Dr. Irrgang was in the United States Navy 1915 Ensign Program and completed a clerkship at the Naval Hospital at Charleston, South Carolina as well as a research clerkship at the Naval Aerospace Institute at Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Irrgang completed her four year Pathology residency at Baylor University Medical Center, and her internship at the University District Hospital, Rio Piedras in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Currently, Dr. Irrgang is Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and licensed in the states of South Carolina, Texas, New Jersey and Florida and she is an Associate Medical Examiner at the District Nine Medical Examiners Office. Dr. Irrgang is a fellow at numerous organizations including; The College of American Pathologists, National Association of Medical Examiners, Florida Association of Medical Examiners, Seminole County Medical Society, and the Florida Medical Society.