Cohen Children's Medical Center Designated a Level 4 Eplilespy Center
The Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Cohen Children's Medical Center (CCMC) has been awarded the designation of a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, which is the highest designation for epilepsy centers in the nation. The designation was awarded by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), which evaluates the appropriateness and quality of specialized epilepsy care. This endeavor represents the only dedicated pediatric epilepsy center in the region.
"The NAEC's designation as a Level 4 epilepsy center provides well-deserved recognition of the outstanding care provided by CCMC's divisions of pediatric neurology and pediatric neurosurgery," said Andrew Steele, MD, CCMC's medical director. "Comprehensive services include intensive neurodiagnostics monitoring and testing, as well as medical, surgical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment for the most complex of patients."
The Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center at CCMC provides comprehensive care for children diagnosed with epilepsy and childhood seizures. CCMC's specialists are all board certified pediatric neurologists and pediatric neurosurgeons and are focused on the most effective treatments, offering state-of-the-art epilepsy management and better quality of life for pediatric patients. It takes a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, neuropsychologists, social workers and others to create a comprehensive center that is on the cutting edge of epilepsy treatment.
The Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Cohen Children's Medical Center is led by Dr. Josiane LaJoie and Dr. Shefali Karkare, our Surgical Director is Dr. Steven Schneider. The center offers children and families access to a multi-disciplinary approach and provides patients with access to a variety of treatments ranging from innovative non-surgical options to advanced surgical treatments for epilepsy. "We are proud to offer our children the latest in surgical options which include minimally invasive procedures including brain mapping done via an opening the size of a dime," said Dr. Schneider. "The intraoperative CT scanner affords real time feedback to the team to obtain the best outcome for the child. The pediatric dedicated multidisciplinary team remains cohesively involved from diagnosis to recovery supporting the child and family throughout the process."
According to NAEC, a fourth-level center provides the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostics monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment. Fourth-level centers also offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes, and provide a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.