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Northwell epilepsy programs earn recognition


Five epilepsy programs within Northwell Health system have been reaccredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, and Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan have each been recognized as Level 4 facilities.

A Level 4 epilepsy center provides complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment. These centers also offer complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy, according to the NAEC guidelines.

In addition, the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Staten Island University Hospital each received Level 3 designation.

A Level 3 center provides the basic range of medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial services needed to treat patients with refractory epilepsy. Some Level 3 centers offer noninvasive evaluation for epilepsy surgery, straight-forward resective epilepsy surgery and implantation of the vagus nerve stimulator. These centers do not perform intracranial evaluations or other more complex epilepsy surgery.

"We are honored that our epilepsy programs have received this prestigious NAEC recognition," said Souhel Najjar, MD, senior vice president and executive director of the Northwell Health's neurology services. "It is a testament to our health system's dedicated, multidisciplinary team of specialized epilepsy doctors, nurses, monitoring technologists, pharmacists, and social workers."

For more information about North Shore University Hospital's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, call 516-325-7000; for Cohen's Pediatric Epilepsy Center, call 516-465-5255; for Lenox Hill's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, call 212-434-6400; for Southside Hospital's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, call 631-666-4767; for Staten Island's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, call 718-226-5700.

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