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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‐epilepsy.org. 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.
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.
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.