Member News — Hackensack University Medical Center Earns Top-Tier Accreditation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers
April 17th, 2018
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received a two-year National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) accreditation at Level 4, the top level of accreditation presented by the NAEC.
“I want to commend our team members for achieving this significant accreditation,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS. “They are emblematic of our mission to provide the highest quality and most compassionate care for our patients and their families.”
According to the NAEC, Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
The Hackensack University Medical Center Epilepsy Center consists of multiple epileptologists providing care together with epilepsy neurosurgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners, counseling psychologists, neuropsychologists, and dietitians. It forms part of the Department of Neurology and the Neuroscience Institute, chaired by Florian P. Thomas, M.D., Ph.D.
“Living well despite seizures is challenging and requires optimal health behavior and regular follow-up with the health care team in order to ensure that a person lives as seizure-free as possible, and with minimal side effects from medications and other interventions,” said Dr. Thomas. “Facilitating access to an inter-professional team of multiple specialists who strive to provide patient-centered care, is what the Neuroscience Team at Hackensack University Medical Center is all about. This two-year NAEC accreditation is testimony that the epilepsy care at Hackensack University Medical Center lives up to the highest national standards.”
NAEC is a nonprofit organization with a membership of more than 230 specialized epilepsy centers in the United States. The Association pursues an active agenda, educating public and private insurers, policy makers and government officials about the complexities of and need for patient access to specialized epilepsy services.
NAEC supports epilepsy centers in delivering quality comprehensive care to people with epilepsy, by setting standards of care, advocating for access to high quality epilepsy centers, and providing knowledge and resources to its member centers.