Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program

Over the last 30 years, children with sickle cell disease (SCD) have seen drastic improvements in their survival and quality of life through a standardized approach to treatment, disease modification, and preventive care. Adults with SCD, on the other hand, have often found it difficult to access these types of services and end up experiencing a higher amount of disease-related complications.

In order to meet the needs of all individuals with SCD in our community, regardless of age, we have created the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program of Prisma Health. This will be the first program in the Upstate of South Carolina to provide care for both children and adults with SCD in the same location and by the same dedicated team.

Our services

  • Patient-centered, compassionate care for children and adults with SCD
  • Dedicated care team (social work, psychology, nursing, medical providers) providing outpatient and inpatient services
  • Outpatient infusion program for delivery of pain medications, fluids, antibiotics, and blood transfusions
  • Management of disease modifying medications, such as Hydroxyurea and Endari
  • In-office stroke risk screening with Transcranial Doppler (TCD) Ultrasound
  • Chronic RBC transfusion program with apheresis capabilities on-site
  • Standardized transition program designed to educate support and adolescents as they move into the adult model of care
  • Social work and case management services
  • School Intervention Program (SIP)
  • Access to local and national research protocols

Patient Testimonials

Meet Kaimora

Kaimora is tackling her SCD head on, learning as much as she can and documenting all of it into a notebook that she brings with her to every visit.

Meet Mylene

Mylene is an adult SCD patient who came to the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program after an unexpected visit to the Emergency Department.

Contact Us!

Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program
864-455-5164 Fax

900 W. Faris Road, 2nd Floor
(located within the BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center)
Greenville, SC 29605

In the news…

Our program was recently featured in a Greenville News article, with a focus on our doppler brain scan, which evaluates blood circulation in the brain and can prevent the risk of stroke in sickle cell patients.

Our Team

Alan R. Anderson, MD

Dr. Anderson is the medical director for the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program. He earned his medical degree and completed a residency in Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Emory University. He joined Children’s Hospital in 2007 and has been focused on the care of cancer and blood disorders since that time.

Katie Muschick, RN, BSN, PCNS

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2001, Katie worked as a nurse in pediatrics. She received a master’s degree in nursing in 2010 from Clemson University and completed her APRN certification in 2013. She has been working as an inpatient and outpatient pediatric hematology and oncology nurse at Prisma Health since 2018. She is excited to be a part of this program because she loves education and sharing her knowledge to help improve the health and wellness of patients with chronic illness.

Cortney Rieck, PsyD, BCB

Dr. Rieck is a licensed psychologist and has been dedicated to Pediatric Hematology & Oncology of Children’s Hospital since October 2017. She is honored to also be a part of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program and to have the opportunity to help provide the complete care these patients deserve. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, has experience in school psychology, and has additional training in biofeedback and other pain management strategies.

Marcellina West, CMA

After graduating as a Certified Medical Assistant in 2015, Marcellina joined Prisma Health and gained valuable experience with children and adults while working in various clinics across the system. She is excited to join the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program because she values the opportunity to assist patients as they make the important transition from pediatric to adult care. She believes that a successful transition allows patients the opportunity to better advocate for themselves.

Our Total Health Approach

The comprehensive sickle cell disease program believes in preventing problems before they start. We partner with multiple other pediatric and adult sub-specialists in order to help keep you as healthy as possible. These include cardiology, nephrology, pulmonology, and ophthalmology.

Patient and family support

  • Monthly support groups with planned speakers
  • Camp Courage
  • Pediatric and adult sickle cell disease family camp
  • Peer mentoring