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Sickle Cell Center of Excellence

Kaiser Permanente West LA has been at the forefront of providing culturally competent patient care for its diverse member population. Exemplifying this is Kaiser Permanente West LA's award-winning sickle cell program at the Inglewood Medical Office, which is leading the way in the advanced treatment of sickle cell disease. The program's goals are to provide personalized treatment to patients with sickle cell disease, foster self-care in the hopes of retaking control of their lives and standardize the level of sickle cell care.

As the only Kaiser Permanente program of its kind in the Southern California Region, this multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and social services takes a comprehensive approach to the treatment of more than 700 patients across Southern California and beyond. Kaiser Permanente West LA hosts a sickle cell seminar to ensure their care teams are aware of the latest research around sickle cell disease and the work being done at its Center of Excellence.

The close partnership between the West LA team and the Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center pediatrics team is a unique factor of the program. To ensure patients are provided seamless treatment throughout their care journey, pediatric patients from the Downey Medical Center transition to the West LA clinic as they move into adulthood.

What is sickle cell disease?

Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the U.S. Sickle cell disease occurs in about 1 out of every 365 Black or African American births and 1 in every 16,300 Latinx/Hispanic Americans. The disease changes normal, round red blood cells into cells shaped like crescent moons. Sickled cells can get stuck in blood vessels and block them, which stops oxygen from getting through. That can cause a lot of pain and can harm organs, muscles, and bones. Patients often require routine tests to monitor health, managing pain events (sickle cell crises) with medicine, and treating related health problems as they arise. Learn more about sickle cell disease.

West Los Angeles Sickle Cell Clinic Team:

To learn more about the sickle cell clinic, call (310) 419-3451.