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Norton Brownsboro Epilepsy Program earns highest designation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 17, 2013) – Norton Brownsboro Hospital Epilepsy Program has been designated a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

Level 4 centers provide more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring and extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment. They also offer complete evaluation for epilepsy and surgery, including intracranial electrodes.

norton_healthcareThe Level 4 recognition signifies that Norton Brownsboro Hospital “has the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy,” according to David Labiner, M.D., president of NAEC.

Norton Brownsboro Hospital is home to the region’s most advanced epilepsy monitoring unit. The unit opened in September 2010 as part of Norton Neuroscience Institute’s multidisciplinary approach to epilepsy care and is designed to evaluate and diagnose seizure disorders.

The Level 4 designation places the Norton Brownsboro Hospital Epilepsy Program among the most advanced centers in the United States, said Tarek M. Zakaria, M.D., neurologist and director of the Epilepsy Program.

“Epilepsy patients at Norton Brownsboro Hospital receive the most advanced medical and surgical treatments available,” Zakaria said. “The Level 4 designation should give people who come to Norton Brownsboro Hospital confidence that they will find the best care available.”

Norton Brownsboro Hospital Epilepsy Program provides individualized therapy directed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians with subspecialty fellowship training in epilepsy neurology, epilepsy neurosurgery and epilepsy neuropsychology.

More than 2.2 million Americans are affected by epilepsy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epilepsy is a brain disorder involving repeated, spontaneous seizures of any type. It is not a single disorder but rather a wide spectrum of symptoms. What all types of epilepsy share are recurrent, unprovoked seizures caused by an uncontrolled electrical discharge from nerve cells in the cerebral cortex. This part of the brain controls higher mental functions, general movement, the functions of the organs in the abdominal cavity, perception and behavioral reactions.

Since launching Norton Neuroscience Institute in 2009, nearly two dozen subspecialty fellowship-trained neurosurgeons, neurologists and other neurological related specialists have joined the practice. More information is available at NortonNeuroscienceInstitute.com.