Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Achieves Level 4 Designation
The multidisciplinary approach offers patients the highest level of care
The newly re-launched Northwestern University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has achieved the designation as a Level 4 regional and national referral center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). This designation certifies that the Comprehensive Epilepsy Monitoring Center provides the highest level of medical and surgical diagnostic and treatment options for epilepsy patients.
“The NAEC’s Level 4 designation is the most prestigious designation available and attests to Northwestern Memorial’s ability to provide the most advanced and comprehensive services available to patients with epilepsy,” says Stephen Schuele, MD, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Monitoring Center and assistant professor of Neurology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “We are proud to share this designation with the top academic centers in the country.”
Northwestern Memorial recently re-launched its Comprehensive Epilepsy Monitoring Center, and is one of about 80 referral centers nationwide providing care for all forms of seizure disorders and treating the most complex cases of epilepsy. The multidisciplinary center brings together all the hospital’s epilepsy services in one location, and has expanded capabilities to include special programs for pregnant women, the elderly and patients with existing medical conditions such as heart or kidney disease. The center cooperates with Dr. Doug Nordli of Children’s Memorial Hospital in patient management decisions, research and educational efforts.
The goal of epilepsy treatment is to eliminate seizures and have no side effects from the therapies used to control the seizures. “Epilepsy evaluation and treatment requires an advanced infrastructure and multi-disciplinary approach, and our center engages a highly skilled team including specialized nurses, technicians, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists and social work professionals,” said Joshua Rosenow, MD, director of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and assistant professor of neurosurgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “Together with this team, we are able to offer patients the latest medications, cutting edge functional neurosurgical techniques as well as traditional epilepsy surgery, and state-of-the-art brain monitoring.”
There are 80,000 people in the Chicagoland area suffering from epilepsy, and 20-30,000 with intractable, or drug resistant, epilepsy. The Comprehensive Epilepsy Monitoring Centers and similar institutions are often the only way to change treatment for this type of complex patient. For more information on Northwestern Memorial’s epilepsy evaluation and treatment program, log onto www.nmh.org.