UC Epilepsy Center Receives Nation’s Highest Care Designation for 12th Consecutive Year

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David Ficker, MD, associate director of the UC Epilepsy Center, in the epilepsy monitoring unit at the UC Medical Center.

Cincinnati — The Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute has once again been designated a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). This marks the 12th consecutive year the center has received the highest designation possible.

The NAEC defines Level 4 epilepsy centers as programs with the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. The designation is made as a result of member centers’ responses to a survey.

“We are proud to have the region’s only adult Level 4 epilepsy center,” says David Ficker, MD, associate medical director of the Epilepsy Center and professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine. “The recognition from the NAEC reflects our team effort to give epilepsy patients the best care possible.”

The center, directed by Michael Privitera, MD, a professor in the UC College of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, is part of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute. The institute, a collaboration of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health, includes more than 125 faculty members from 15 clinical specialties. As a leading treatment, research and teaching center for complex neurological conditions, the institute advances compassionate, patient-centered neurologic and psychiatric care, life-changing research and comprehensive education.

Beginning in the spring of 2017, UC Health will construct a new UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute building, a home for the region’s neurologic and psychiatric patients. The outpatient facility will be tailored to patients’ unique needs. Functionality and innovation will align, giving patients the best care possible. The location is expected to open in spring 2019.

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About UC Health

UC Health is the region’s only academic health system. Affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching – a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: University of Cincinnati Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living and several specialized institutes including:  Gardner Neuroscience Institute; Cancer Institute; Heart, Lung & Vascular Institute; and Diabetes & Metabolic Disease Institute. University of Cincinnati Physicians, UC Health’s associated faculty practice group, includes more than 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at UCHealth.com.

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