The HTC was founded in 1973 in order to provide a permanent research and treatment facility for patients with bleeding and clotting disorders. For more than 40 years, the HTC has managed Comprehensive Hemophilia Clinics from a variety of locations throughout the University of Colorado campus. These clinics offer services that have improved the quality of life for thousands of people living with bleeding disorders. In April 2011, the HTC moved to space in the University Physicians, Inc. (UPI) building just north of the main Anschutz Medical Campus to accommodate the needs of our patients.
It was not long ago that bleeding and clotting disorders often resulted in early death. The HTC has made significant advances in the treatment of a disorder that previously crippled joints and prevented patients from attending school, maintaining employment and living a normal life. The HTC has expanded in recent years to provide specialized research and care for patients with pediatric stroke in addition to those with hemophilia and thrombosis. In April 2012, the HTC entered into a contractual relationship with Children's Hospital Colorado and its Center for Cancer and Bleeding Disorders (CCBD) to manage the clinic portion of the HTC. This alliance offers patients research, experience and resources from the region's top institutions of learning and patient care.
Our hope for the future is that the development of gene therapy will free people with bleeding disorders from the need for continuous treatment. Until that time, the HTC will continue as an international leader in the development and implementation of treatments for those living with bleeding disorders. We at the HTC strive to provide top quality services, programs, and research that will allow those affected to live more healthy and active lives.
How HTCs Make A Difference
Hemophilia Treatment Centers throughout the country have made great strides from years past and become vital resources for patients. The following videos have insight into how HTCs have made a difference in the life of those with hemophilia and bleeding disorders.
Blood Roots, Hemophilia Treatment Centers:
Pioneers in Comprehensive Health Care
Blood Roots, a documentary produced by the Federal Hemophilia Treatment Centers in Region IX (in 2010), in conjunction with the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and Oregon Health and Science University, chronicles the beginnings of federal HTCs in the western United States.
The visionary health care professionals who founded the unique and effective treatment model of the HTCs speak about the history and progress of the centers.
It explores the successes and hardships encountered; from the beginning of the treatment centers in the 1960's, through the AIDS crisis of the 1980's, to our present day challenges and triumphs. This documentary not only shows the great advances that comprehensive, multidisciplinary care can provide people with chronic diseases, but also serves a warning to not forget the past and our great Blood Roots. (length- 34:03)
Hemophilia Treatment Centers: Improving Health Outcomes & Reducing Costs
Over thirty five years ago, the U.S. network of Hemophilia Diagnostic and Treatment Centers (HTCs) was established to provide comprehensive services for individuals and families with genetic bleeding disorders. Today there are over 130 HTCs throughout the U.S. improving health outcomes and reducing costs. (length- 7:44)