The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announced today expanded its sickle cell and hematology program to include outpatient services starting March 27. The Columbus Sickle Cell Clinic will be operated by Aflac Cancer Center pediatric hematologists and nurses with the goal of better serving children and families in the Columbus area.
The outpatient clinic, located across from the Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Campus, will provide comprehensive quality clinical services for the more than 150 patients in the Columbus area. Four primary hematologists will operate the clinic, and staff will communicate with the patients’ primary care and hospital doctors to coordinate care locally and with services in the Atlanta hospitals – including transfusions, surgery and special tests – when needed.
Funding to operate the new outpatient clinic has been provided by Piedmont Columbus Regional Foundation through the Ben Koon Pediatric Oncology Endowment Fund. The fund was named in honor of Ben Koon, the grandson of Robert and Joyce Koon, who established the fund to benefit others in need. Children’s and Piedmont Columbus Regional announced a formal affiliation agreement in April 2018 with the goal of furthering high-quality pediatric care.
“Our family experienced pain, struggle and expense due to the lack of treatment in Columbus and we know there are other sickle cell patients with no pediatric hematologist available to treat them,” said Robert Koon. “This clinic will provide support, treatment and hope for many children in the Columbus region. Our grandson would be very pleased to know he was the motivation to make this clinic possible.”
“As home to our corporate headquarters, the city of Columbus is special to us, so the opening of this outpatient clinic is meaningful to our entire Aflac family committed to helping defeat childhood cancer and blood disorders, and in particular, sickle cell disease,” said Dan Amos, Aflac Chairman and CEO.
The clinic will operate on the fourth and fifth Wednesday of every month.