Tag: health care

Work Scheduled to Tear Down Cooper Green Parking Deck, Building New Clinic

Demolition of the old Cooper Green Hospital parking lot is expected to begin later this year or early next year to make way for building a new indigent care clinic in that location, officials with Jefferson County and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System announced Tuesday.

Designs for the new clinic, planned to be about 150,000 square feet, are being worked on, and those involved hope it will be ready to open in 2½ to 3 years, David Randall, chief strategy officer for the UAB Health System, said during a press conference.

The project is expected to cost between $55 million and $65 million, Randall said. Read more.

Low Likelihood of Matched Bone Marrow Donors Among African Americans

Finding a 100% bone marrow match is a challenge for most people with cancer, but it’s even more difficult if you’re Black.

Be The Match, the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world, only carries 4% of their registry from African Americans. Research showed bone marrow matches are best among people of the same race and ethnicity.

This makes Black people far less likely to find a bone marrow match when searching for a cure for blood cancer.

Stephanie Jackson, an account manager with Be The Match, said African-Americans have an especially hard time matching with donors compared to whites.

“If you are Caucasian, and you do not have a match in your family, you have a 77% chance of finding a match,” Jackson said.

But for African Americans, that drops to 23%, because only a tiny fraction of registered donors are African American, Jackson said.
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