Hepatitis C Resource Centers (HCRC)
The Hepatitis C Resource Center (HCRC) network is an integral part of VA's National Hepatitis C Program. Each of the four HCRCs work closely with other elements of the Clinic Public Health group to develop best practices in hepatitis C prevention, clinical care, patient and provider education, and program evaluation for use within VA as well as for other medical care systems.
The four Hepatitis C Resource Centers are as follows:
- Minneapolis: The Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, co-directed by Eric Dieperink, MD, and Christine Pocha, MD. Phone: 612-467-3137
- San Francisco: The Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Francisco, California, led by Alexander Monto, MD. Phone: 415-221-4810 x2636
- Connecticut: The VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut, led by Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, MD. Phone: 203-932-5711 x2206
- Northwest: The VA Northwest Hepatitis C Resource Center led by Michael Chang, MD, MSc, at the VA Portland Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, in collaboration with VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA, Phone: 503-220-8262 x54482
Projects of the Resource Centers include:
- Improved screening and testing methods
- Assessment and treatment of patients traditionally excluded from hepatitis C treatment (including those with mental illness, substance abuse, or concurrent HIV infection)
- Development and dissemination of models of interdisciplinary care to optimize treatment outcomes
- Development and dissemination of clinical standards for treating patients will all stages of hepatitis C infection.
The HCRCs build on the success of the previous Centers of Excellence in Hepatitis C program, established by VA in 1999.
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