California to Expand Adult Sickle Cell Disease Clinics Statewide

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

An excerpt from My News LA

California is establishing a network of clinics for adults with Sickle Cell Disease statewide, expanding services for those affected by the debilitating disease.

The launch marks the grand opening of a new clinic site at the MLK Jr. Outpatient Center in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors named the new clinic after Jeffrey Smith, the son of Gil Smith, Founding Mayor of the City of Carson, who died from SCD complications in 1982 at the age of 23. These milestones come three years after the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services first opened the adult SCD clinic at MLK Jr. Outpatient Center in Los Angeles, with its partners the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation and the Center for Inherited Blood Disorders.

Now with a commitment of $15 million, Californians across the state with SCD will finally receive the quality health care they deserve, according to a statement.