Hemophilia & Bleeding Disorders
The Hemophilia Clinic of WMCC provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive care to patients and families with inherited bleeding disorders. Our Clinic provides services within a nine-county area of Southwest Michigan.
We offer expert disease management of a variety of bleeding disorders, including hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, platelet dysfunctions and other clotting factor deficiencies. The Clinic is proud to be designated as the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan’s only regional adult center in Southwest Michigan. It is among 130 recognized Hemophilia Treatment Centers throughout the United States and its territories. Services include diagnosis, education, pre- and post-surgical management, therapeutic interventions, genetic counseling and monthly comprehensive clinics. Each is essential in helping the patient manage his or her disease and maximize optimal outcomes for both the patient and family members.
The nursing staff of the Hemophilia Clinic also provides services to the Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies (MSU/KCMS) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Children with inherited bleeding disorders and their families are able to benefit from the unique relationship between our Clinic and MSU/KCMS. One of the benefits includes smooth transition of the pediatric patient to the Adult Clinic when readiness is determined.
When a bleeding disorder is suspected, you can rely on the Clinic to provide high-level diagnostic services. We utilize laboratory services from the area’s two major healthcare providers, Bronson Methodist Hospital and Borgess Medical Center, to determine the correct diagnosis. When necessary, specimens are sent to specialty laboratories in the region or nationwide, as indicated.
When a patient with a bleeding disorder is scheduled for invasive surgery or a dental procedure, we develop care plans to address the bleeding disorder care needed before and after the procedure. This may include acquisition and infusion of a clotting-factor product, assistance with insurance issues, pre- and post-procedure education and home-care follow-up.
Our mission is to provide you with the most comprehensive adult and family-centered care within the bleeding disorders community. We created this program to allow you to concentrate on what’s important to you—living your life!
Family Testing and Genetic Screening
When a bleeding disorder is diagnosed, quite often family members are considered for testing. For certain bleeding disorders, this may include genetic testing. Our nursing staff can review with you what testing options are appropriate and available.
A Hemophilia Clinic social worker is available to support you and your family members. Emotional and financial needs and other psychosocial issues are able to be addressed. In addition, referrals for assistance to various social service agencies can be discussed and implemented based on specific needs.
Our Clinic offers diagnostic treatment and educational services for women with a history of unusual or prolonged bleeding. Referrals are welcome from a variety of sources, including primary care and OB/GYN physicians and self-referral.
In addition to our clinical services, we offer a PHS pharmacy program for the purchase of clotting-factor products for eligible patients requiring this form of treatment.
Our expertise in patient care is combined with the experience and high-quality services of some specialty pharmacy programs. This partnership results in leading, home-care pharmacy providers dedicated to the service of individuals and caregivers within the bleeding disorders community served by the Hemophilia Clinic. Profits generated through our PHS pharmacy program’s clotting-factor sales go toward the support of the Clinic’s programs and services
What are Hemophilia Treatment Centers?
Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTCs) are federally recognized programs that provide:
- Family-centered, state-of-the-art medical and psychosocial services, education and research.
- A team of specialists interested in all aspects of your health and well-being.
- A setting where you become involved in making important decisions about your care.
- A board-certified hematologist who specializes in bleeding disorder diagnosis and treatment.
The Hemophilia Clinic hematologist serves as medical director of the Clinic and is committed to ongoing education and training to practice state-of-the-art care for bleeding disorder patients.
The Hemophilia Clinic of WMCC
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Telephone: 269-373-7479 or 800-949-4366
After hours and on weekends and holidays, our answering service takes calls at 269.382.2500. Call and tell the service your doctor’s name. The on-call doctor will then return your call as soon as possible.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
In a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or report to the nearest hospital emergency room.