Ochsner Neuroscience Institute Achieves Level 4 Epilepsy Center Designation
NEW ORLEANS – The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) has designated the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 is the NAEC’s highest possible designation.
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. 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.
Ochsner’s epilepsy program includes epileptologists, neurocritical care physicians, neurosurgeons, two neuropsychologists, doctor of pharmacy, clinical psychologist and registered nurses. The program is structured to diagnose and treat the most complex forms of epilepsy.
“The Level 4 designation emphasizes the dedication and expertise of our team and the comprehensiveness of our approach to patient care,” said Eugene Ramsay, MD, co-medical director of the epilepsy program at the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute.
“I am extremely proud of the Level 4 designation,” said Cuong Bui, MD, co-medical director of the epilepsy program at the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute. “It reflects our commitment to providing our patients with the most advanced care and treatment possible.”
In 2012, U.S. News & World Report named Ochsner’s Neurology & Neurosurgery departments among the top 50 across the country in its 2012-13 Best Hospitals rankings and Healthgrades ranked Ochsner’s Neurosciences and Neurosurgery departments among the top five percent in the nation.
The NAEC is a non-profit 501c6 trade association with a membership of more than 170 specialized epilepsy centers in the United States. Founded in 1987 by physician leaders, the primary objectives of NAEC are to connect people with epilepsy to specialized epilepsy care and to support epileptologists and administrators in the operation of their epilepsy centers.