As part of the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, we strive to educate all members of the community when it comes to the patients we serve. We want to provide accurate medical information that will benefit everyone in the community, not just our patients.
A good example of this is a recent presentation Dr. Nik Abdul Rashid made to school nurses and other medical staff working in the Clark County School District. The purpose of Dr. Rashid’s discussion was to provide a brief overview of the basics of sickle cell disease, its symptoms, treatment, and other related issues.
Several of the nurses in the audience raised their hands when asked if they have a child at their school with sickle cell disease. Another important aspect of this visit is to make sure all are aware the Sickle Cell Treatment Center within the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada is viewed as an educational and medical resource.
Dr. Rashid believes her visit helped create an important relationship with nurses and other medical staff within the school district.
“I feel I was able to raise awareness and their interest in getting to know their students with sickle cell disease, and be a stronger advocate for them in school so they will have the opportunity to succeed. At the end of the sessions, we had a guest speaker, a parent of two children with sickle cell disease talk about their experiences in school. Together we came up with ideas on how to collaborate and improve communication between the patients, parents and their doctors for the best interest of the child with sickle cell disease“
The Sickle Cell Treatment Center of Nevada offers comprehensive treatment to those with sickle cell disease who are under the age of 18, as well as established adult sickle cell patients. All patients are scheduled for an annual comprehensive clinic which includes access to a board certified pediatric hematologist, pediatric nurse practitioner, pediatric neuropsychologist, palliative care and pain specialist, social worker, education specialist, child life specialist, clinical research associate, and registered nurse.
The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada is also a member of the Pacific Sickle Cell Regional Collaborative (PSCRC)
. It is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. As a PSCRC member, we work to improve medical treatment for sickle cell patients and provide education, information, and collaboration on treatments.
If you are affected by sickle cell disease, under the age of 18, and have questions or would like to access treatment, please call (702) 732-1493
to schedule an appointment.
As a program of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, no patient is turned away for financial reasons. The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program
ensures those in need of treatment — but who cannot afford it or are without medical insurance — receive medical attention.