University of Missouri Health Care is opening a new clinic to treat patients with sickle cell disease. The clinic will be open the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.
Sickle cell is a genetic disease where red blood cells are in short supply. According to Children’s Mercy Hospital, most of the treatment centers are aimed toward children. Elizabeth Gunier, a sickle cell coordinator at Women's and Children's Hospital's blood disorder and cancer unit, says the new clinic is specifically for adults.
The University of Missouri Health system has received $13.3 million in federal grant funding for a program that will combine high-tech and on-site primary-care initiatives in healthcare, according to a statement released by the university today.
The so-called LIGHT program is designed to create a specialized workforce in primary care as well as designing enhanced medical records to help patients and healthcare providers better manage care.
The technology component of the program involves a partnership between the Kansas City-based Cerner Corporation and MU.