Epilepsy Center to Meet Needs of the Community
In another example of responding to the needs of our community, Hartford Hospital is developing a six-bed Level-IV designated Epilepsy Center. The Epilepsy Center is scheduled to open with two beds in October, with four additional beds opening as the program develops.
Hartford Hospital expects to achieve Level-IV designation by September 2013, the highest designation given by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). This designation will recognize Hartford Hospital as one of the few hospitals in the nation that has the resources and capability to provide the most advanced and complex care for epilepsy patients.
There are approximately 100 Level-IV epilepsy centers in the nation and only one in Connecticut. Our Epilepsy Center will truly become a destination center for patients seeking advanced treatment for epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Center is also the beneficiary for this year's Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament held on September 10 at Tumblebrook Golf Course. Proceeds from the golf tournament will be used to purchase additional neurodiagnostics equipment used for long-term monitoring.
In addition to developing the epilepsy center, we have partnered with the Connecticut Epilepsy Foundation to establish an epilepsy support group at the hospital, the only support group specifically for epilepsy patients in the region. We are also developing an epilepsy patient advisory board so we can fully engage epilepsy patients as we develop this new service.