Children’s Hospital’s Hemophilia Program has been named an affiliate of The American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN), a nonprofit organization committed to advancing and improving care for individuals affected by bleeding and thrombotic disorders.
"ATHN affiliation will enable Children’s Hospital to improve quality of care for patients with bleeding and blood clotting disorders,” said Jaime Morales, M.D., pediatric oncologist and bleeding thrombosis program director at Children's Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center. "We will gain a better understanding of these diseases through financial and technical support, as well as common technology, standardized data and protocols of other leading hemophilia treatment centers.”
Children’s Hospital’s treats about a thousand children with cancer or blood disorders each year. That means more than half of the children in Louisiana diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder come to Children’s Hospital for treatment. More than 50 percent of Children’s program’s patients receive treatment for blood disorders.
With 137 affiliated hemophilia treatment centers (HTCs), the network, founded in 2006, is working to become the leading source for hemostasis and thrombosis data and analytics to support quality care, research, advocacy and clinical outcomes.
Children’s Hospital is one of two hospitals in Louisiana which has become ATHN affiliates. Other states such as Alabama (Birmingham), Arkansas (Little Rock) and Mississippi (Jackson) each have one ATHN affiliated hospital.
For more information on The American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network, please visit www.athn.org.