A dedicated sickle cell care team is responsible for the care of all sickle cell patients. This team consists of 5 physicians, 1 nurse practitioner, 3 patient care nurses, a research associate, a data manager, a social worker and a child life specialist. Each of the sickle cell care team members has specific expertise in the management of children with sickle cell disease. This multidisciplinary approach allows the center to provide comprehensive, family-centered care for children with sickle cell disease, commonly known as sickle cell anemia.
Sickle cell disease clinics are held 3 days per week. In order to provide focused care according to developmental stages, the clinic schedules are divided as follows: Adolescents (13-81 years and transition patients) are seen on Tuesday. School aged children (6-12 years) are seen on Wednesday. Young infants (0-5 years) are seen on Friday. However, children with sickle cell disease may be seen any day of the week if necessary. Transfusion therapy is offered five days per week. Twice a month, a combined pulmonary/sickle cell clinic is held for sickle cell patients with reactive airway disease, sleep apneas or repeated episodes of acute chest syndrome.