April 11, 2014, Toms River, NJ - The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) has designated Community Medical Center's Epilepsy Program at the Jay and Linda Grunin Neuroscience Institute as a Level 3 Epilepsy Center. Level 3 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
The NAEC developed levels of care for epilepsy for use in evaluating the appropriateness and quality of epilepsy care. NAEC designation as a specialized epilepsy center means that Community Medical Center not only provides routine care to individuals with seizures or epilepsy, but also specializes in providing comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to individuals with uncontrolled seizures.
The accurate diagnosis of epilepsy and other seizure disorders often requires performing prolonged outpatient or inpatient video-electroencephalography (video-EEG) monitoring. The Video EEG program at Community Medical Center offers the only video-EEG service in the region for children, adolescents and adults. The program features state-of-the-art computerized digital EEG and video equipment on both the pediatric and adult neuroscience units.
Dr. Amor Mehta, Medical Director and epileptologist, for the Epilepsy Program at the Jay and Linda Grunin Neuroscience Institute at Community Medical Center explains, "Video EEG uses a simultaneous video and EEG recording - a brain wave test to detect abnormalities in the electrical activity of the brain. This is done to document one or more of the patient's typical spells, in order to determine their cause, nature and optimal treatment."
Dr. Mehta works with a team of physicians, technicians and nurses to evaluate patients, diagnose epilepsy and develop individualized and comprehensive treatment plans.
"Achieving designation as a Level 3 Epilepsy Center is a testament to our Medical Staff, especially the Department of Neurology, who provides exceptional care," said Stephanie L. Bloom, FACHE, President and Chief Officer, Community Medical Center. "With Dr. Mehta's leadership and expertise we are able to elevate the level of care available to individuals with epilepsy and other seizure disorders," she added.
The Jay and Linda Grunin Neuroscience Institute at Community Medical Center brings together a highly skilled interdisciplinary group of specialists to provide the highest quality advanced care to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases of the brain, the spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system. The Neuroscience Institute combines the extensive medical experience and state-of-the-art technology to treat epilepsy as well as stroke, brain and spinal cord diseases and tumors, dementia/Alzheimer's Disease, sleep disorders, and movement and neuromuscular disorders.
For additional information about the Video-EEG Program at the Jay and Linda Grunin Neuroscience Institute, call 732.557.8116. For a referral to physician on staff at Community Medical Center, please call 1.888.724.7123 or visit www.barnabashealth.org/community.