September 22, 2014

Anderson Funded for Sickle Cell Treatment Center

Nina Anderson, DNP’12, was funded by the Department of Health and Social Services for the State of Delaware to establish a Sickle Cell Treatment Center for improving the coordination of care for adults with sickle cell disease in Delaware. The clinic opened in March, based in a private practice area of Wilmington, Delaware, that has a high number of patients.

Anderson first conceived of a specialty care clinic for individuals with sickle cell anemia as a DNP student. She studied acute care utilization, looked at the healthcare landscape and costs, and studied how adults received care for sickle cell anemia. She published the results of her project, Characteristics of Acute Care Utilization of a Delaware Adult Sickle Cell Disease Patient Population, in Population Health Management in February 2014.

At the clinic Dr. Anderson manages care coordination for patients to help aggressively manage the disease and prevent comorbidities. Although patients may have a regular care provider, she handles primary specialty care, provides referrals and manages pain for some of them.