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Epilepsy Program at Nemours/duPont Hospital for Children Achieves Highest Level of Accreditation

Signifies outstanding medical/surgical capabilities for children with seizures

The Nemours Neuroscience Center at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (AIDHC) has been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 center for 2018-19. This is the first time the Nemours epilepsy program has received Level 4 accreditation. The center, under the direction of Harry Chugani, MD, met all the requirements for the two‐year accreditation and is now listed as a Level 4 center on NAEC’s website: www.naec‐ Level 4 accreditation means Nemours Neuroscience has the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for young patients with complex epilepsy.

Harry Chugani, MD

Dr. Chugani (left), who joined Nemours in 2016, has quickly established a distinguished epilepsy program. Designated epilepsy centers provide a comprehensive team approach to the care of epilepsy patients, from routine care to specialized diagnostic and treatment services for those with intractable (uncontrollable) epilepsy.  

The comprehensive epilepsy program at AIDHC offers a wide range of services and leading-edge therapies for children with seizures. This includes the neurosurgery department's use of epilepsy surgeries for select patients. The Neuroscience Center facilities include 24-hour digital video and EEG monitoring of a patient’s physical and brain activity. Sophisticated neuro-imaging studies are performed in the Katzin PET/MRI Center. The highly-trained team includes epileptologists (neurologists with expertise in treating seizures), neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurse specialists, EEG technologists, social workers, and others with training and experience in epilepsy care, as well as clinical researchers.  

Alanna Salvucci, MD

Neurologist Alanna Salvucci, MD (left), Clinical Director of the epilepsy program, said:  "It is our goal to help children with epilepsy enjoy the best quality of life possible. We pride ourselves on working together to develop each child’s treatment and provide comprehensive personalized care."

From first evaluation to follow-up care, the Nemours Neuroscience Center and the epilepsy program promote the overall well-being of our patients and help children and families understand and live well with their condition. "This is an outstanding confirmation of our commitment to improving the lives of children with epilepsy," said Nemours Chairman of Pediatrics, Jay Greenspan, MD, MBA.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.