Patients with epilepsy face significant chal- lenges. Characterized by disabling seizures triggered by abnormal activity in the brain cells, the disease can manifest itself through a range of symptoms, from minor physical signs and thought disturbances to traumatic physical convulsions. At Winthrop, a skilled team of technicians and physicians understands these challenges and considers addressing them tantamount to providing the best care possible – which is why the Hospital is proud to once again have been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, the highest level of certification.
Some members of the Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center team.
“We at Winthrop are proud of our Level 4 designation by the NAEC,” said Mark Stecker, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosciences. “It reflects the sophisticated program that we have at Winthrop, as well as the quality of the physicians and staff that make this possible.”
Several types of seizures are easy to control and many patients are well enough between episodes to lead normal lives.
However, about 30 percent of the estimated three million Americans with epilepsy suffer with persistent seizures, which is why the best care is so important.
“The Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center brings expert and individualized treatment plans to Long Island for all people suffering with epilepsy, even those with the most difficult to control seizures,” said David Friedman, MD, Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Winthrop. “A Level 4 Center accreditation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers signifies our ability to provide cutting-edge patient care with both medical and surgical expertise. Our team provides a comprehensive approach and collaborates with neuropsy- chologists, neuroradiologists, social workers and experts in behavioral health to strive for epilepsy care of the highest quality.”
Level 4 Epilepsy Centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the more complex forms of intensive neuro- diagnostics 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.
Winthrop’s dedicated Epilepsy Monitoring Unit offers prolonged 24/7 moni- toring and is equipped with video electro- encephalography (EEG) monitoring.
An important goal of the Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center includes seizure reduction, and possible seizure elimination with medical and surgical therapies. If one is considered a candidate for surgery, decision making is made through an integrated alliance with the epilepsy treatment team, primary care physician and patient. The Center offers access to community resources, health information provided by epilepsy health professionals, and psycho- social support to help surmount challenges presented by the disease.
For more information about the Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, call 1-866-WINTHROP.