Center continues to advance service offerings with Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers certification
Seven providers at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health recently obtained a certification from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC). Four physical therapists, one occupational therapist, one nurse practitioner and one social worker are now certified “MS Specialists,” which reflects knowledge in the specialization of Multiple Sclerosis care. Attained in time for National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, the credential illustrates the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Program for Multiple Sclerosis at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas’commitment to offering an interdisciplinary approach to MS care and treatment.
“The treatment of MS is much different than the treatment of other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease,” said Jen Nash, manager of rehabilitation services at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “Each and every individual patient requires a unique treatment path and a cadre of health care providers and I’m thrilled that the MS team achieved official CMSC recognition of their expertise.”
The goal of the certification process is to provide quality and consistent treatment to those living with MS. Training entails recognizing and establishing MS specialists, establishing basic knowledge to practice MS and continuing education to meet the ever-changing needs of those affected by the disease.
Unlike many therapy programs, the Mellen Program for MS at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health focuses on the education of body awareness including, postural control and using exercise to manage symptoms such as fatigue and weakness, which are extremely prevalent in MS. In addition to enhancing care by obtaining the CMSC certification, the Rehabilitation Services Program will now provide a new education video to help patients better understand their disease. MS rehabilitation sessions will consist of individualized skilled treatment that requires recommendation from the Center’s MS doctors, Hua and Hersh. Those interested in seeking treatment can make an appointment with either doctor by calling 702- 483-6000.
For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit ClevelandClinic.org/BrainHealth.
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Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2013, there were 5.5 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.
About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset. Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.
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