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Penn State Hershey Pediatric Sickle Cell Program
Extensive planning began in January 2004 between the South Central Pennsylvania Sickle Cell Council and the Pediatric Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Clinic at Penn State Children’s Hospital. While some physicians at Penn State Children's Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center had been caring for children and young adults with sickle cell disease for decades, the need for a comprehensive clinic to provide the best care possible for pediatric SCD patients in our region (Central PA) was clear.
The Pediatric Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Clinic is held at the University Physicians Center on the campus of Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA on the first and third Fridays of each month. The clinic is specifically for regularly scheduled comprehensive visits and checkups; however, children can be seen for acute “sick visits” during sickle cell clinic days, during other clinic days, and evenings or weekends in the Emergency Department for urgent care. Patient care is also provided at Penn State Children’s Hospital for those sickle cell disease issues that require hospitalization.
The enhanced relationship between the South Central Pennsylvania Sickle Cell Council and the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Penn State Children’s Hospital has driven the development of the comprehensive clinic. This clinic allows us to provide well deserved and much-needed care for children and young adults in our region with SCD, in addition to providing assistance and support for their families. We are very excited about the growth of the clinic. We hope that persons with sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait and the medical community will take advantage of this specialized comprehensive clinic so your child/family can receive optimal care.