Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 epilepsy center, providing the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for epilepsy patients.
“Being distinguished as a Level 4 epilepsy center tells patients and families that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the place to go for the highest quality of care for those children with epilepsy,” Dr. Deborah Holder, MD, director of the CHLA Comprehensive Epilepsy Program Center, said in a press release.
“I am extremely proud of our multidisciplinary team for providing the significant expertise and best practices to achieve this recognition,” she said.
The epilepsy center focuses on a comprehensive continuum of care model. The program combines services and resources in the fields of neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry, physical and occupational therapy, social work, and others.
“This distinguished recognition is one of the many examples of what is amazing about Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” said Dr. Douglas Nordli Jr., MD, pediatric epilepsy expert, chief of the division of neurology, and co-director of the Neurosciences Institute at CHLA recently recruited to the program.
“Over the course of the last year, this multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Holder was able to assemble a high-quality program and receive the highest level accreditation. This is a true testament to the great work and dedication by our staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” Nordli said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 0.6 percent of U.S. children in 2013 up to age 17 had active epilepsy, amounting to roughly 460,000 children.
CHLA is currently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the U.S. for neurology and neurosurgery in the 2016-2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals survey.
CHLA is the only children’s hospital in Greater Los Angeles – and one of four children’s hospitals in California – to receive the Level 4 epilepsy accreditation. CHLA’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program Center is a major focus of the hospital’s division of neurology and manages the care of hundreds of children with epilepsy.
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