This Patient & Family Toolbox is intended to help familiarize you with who we our, and the philosophy and mission which guides our practice. We have provided information intended to help you address a wide array of issues from billing and insurance questions to navigating the complex medical system. We have provided you with an array of tools that you may find helpful, including links to organizations such as the Hemophilia Foundation of Illinois, The National Hemophilia and the World Federation of Hemophilia. We have also included information about special benefits such as Social Security, DSCC and the State Hemophilia Program. We have included a section that highlights human service organizations that may be helpful. In addition, we have included several public policies that you may find helpful in dealing with chronic illness across the lifespan. We welcome your questions, comments, and look forward to getting to know you and your family.


The Rush Hemophilia & Thrombophilia Center (Rush HTC) is the largest hemophilia and thrombophilia program in Illinois, offering a full menu of clinical and laboratory services on site for patients with bleeding and clotting disorders. Our federally funded program collaborates with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation, the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide state-of-the-art, family-focused, culturally-sensitive medical, psychological and social services to patients with hemophilia, other hereditary coagulation factor deficiencies, von Willebrand Disease and platelet disorders and those patients with thrombosis and thrombophilia. To make it easier for patients to access our services, we offer diagnosis and treatment services to our patients at the main Rush University Medical Center campus near downtown Chicago, as well as at locations in Fox Valley, Hoffman Estates, Kankakee, Joliet, Champaign, and Libertyville. 


The mission of the Rush HTC is to provide:

  • State-of-the-art medical management to patients with bleeding and clotting disorders to limit complications and promote good health

  • Expert physical therapy and orthopedic intervention to prevent chronic joint problems and promote physical well being

  • Expert genetic counseling with state-of-the-art prenatal and carrier testing

  • Psychosocial assistance and financial counseling to encourage and support a stable lifestyle 



Leonard A. Valentino, MD
Medical Director

Kimberly Willams

Gladys Lee, MBA

Debra Honig Bachman
Program Coordinator,
Social Services

Magdalena Ballarin
Suburban Clinical

Audrey C. Taylor, RN
Chicago Clinical



Hemophilia and other bleeding and clotting disorders present complex clinical, psychological and social problems.  Providing optimal care to patients with these disorders is beyond the knowledge and skill of any one practitioner.  State-of-the-art care can only be provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes physician specialists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physical therapists and others. The benefit of comprehensive care can include reduced mortality, prevention of joint disease, reduced hospital and emergency room admissions, improved academic achievement and work attendance, and reduced costs of care.  In addition to routine physician visits, patients are encouraged to receive regular comprehensive evaluations by our multidisciplinary team.  These visits focus on empowerment and prevention of complications. While a comprehensive approach is reflected in our day to day care for patients, hemophilia patients in particular are encouraged to attend annual or biannual comprehensive hemophilia evaluations, half day multidisciplinary clinics that focus on prevention of disease complications. 

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