Duke University School of Nursing

Duke University has a long history of being committed to improving the care of persons with sickle cell disease. The Duke University Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center was founded in the late 1970's by Dr. Wendell F. Rosse in order to provide the best possible comprehensive care to patients with sickle cell disease. Directed by Marilyn J. Telen, M.D., it continues to provide to both adults and children with comprehensive services, including medical care, social services, psychological support, education and genetic counseling. Dr. Tanabe and team from the Duke University School of Nursing and School of Medicine, is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R18 PAR-08-136, Improving Emergency Department Management of Adults with Sickle Cell Disease) to improve care in emergency departments for adults with sickle cell disease at Duke and at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem North Carolina. Dr. Tanabe and her team collaborates closely with the sickle cell center hematologists, social workers and educators to provide seamless care in the emergency department, in-patient, and outpatient setting.

Duke University Health System (DUHS)

DUHS is a non-profit, integrated, academic health system comprised of many facilities throughout the North Carolina region. DUHS facilities include:

  1. Duke University Hospital – a full-service tertiary and quaternary care hospital licensed for 1,124 beds, offering regular and intensive care inpatient units, a regional emergency-trauma center with a separate pediatric emergency department and a major surgery suite with four dedicated open-heart operating rooms (http://www.dukehealth.org/services);
  2. Durham Regional Hospital – a 335 bed acute care community hospital serving residents of Durham and surrounding counties, offering tertiary care services in an 8 contiguous county area (http://www.durhamregional.org/services);
  3. Duke Raleigh Hospital – a 186 bed acute care community hospital serving Raleigh and Wake County (http://www.dukeraleighhospital.org/healthservices)
  4. Duke Primary Care (DPC) – a network of primary care physicians and clinics, formed in 1994 and covering 20 locations in eight counties.

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON)

DUSON, as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The National Institutes of Health awarded $4.3 million in research funding to DUSON (Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012), making it one of the top 10 nursing schools engaged with NIH-funded research in the nation. The school offers the masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college. More than 750 students enrolled for fall 2013 classes, one of the largest enrollments in the school's 80-year history. Duke is currently funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to improve care in emergency departments for adults with sickle cell disease (title and grant # ).


Duke University Medical Center

 Duke University Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation's top hospitals. In the 2011 U.S.News & World Report rankings, it moved up one spot to 9th place. As part of the magazine's analysis of hospital care, 16 specialties were graded on patient safety, nursing services, and other care measures.