Children’s Health Recognized by National MS Society

Children’s Health Recognized by National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care By:   | Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dallas-based health system one of only four centers nationwide noted for its ability to deliver multi-disciplinary MS care

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DALLAS – Children’s Health℠, the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, has been recognized as a Partner in MS Care-Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, making it the only North Texas pediatric health care system with this designation.

The Partners in MS Care-Centers for Comprehensive℠ Care designation recognizes a center’s ability to offer a multi-disciplinary model of care to address the often complex needs of multiple sclerosis patients, including a full array of medical, psycho-social and rehabilitation services delivered in a coordinated fashion. Children’s Health is also collaborating with the Society’s Network of Pediatric MS Centers on national research efforts.

The Society will present the Center for Comprehensive MS Care certificate to Benjamin Greenberg, M.D., MHS, CRND and Lana Harder, Ph.D, ABPP, co-directors of the Children’s Health Pediatric Demyelinating Disease Program, on March 23.

“Children’s Health is honored to be recognized among the few pediatric MS centers in the country that can deliver the comprehensive care these patients so often require,” said Greenberg, an internationally recognized expert neurologist who is also an associate professor and Cain Denius Scholar in Mobility Disorders at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Each member of our multi-disciplinary team plays a key role in helping us provide quality care, elevating our mission to make life better for MS patients.”

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

“The Society’s Partners in MS Care program acknowledges committed providers whose practices improve care for people with MS,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, president and CEO of the National MS Society. “High-quality care is vital for everyone living with MS—regardless of geography, disease progression and other disparities—to live their best lives.”

Children’s Health doctors and medical professionals in neurology and rehabilitation work together to comprehensively diagnose and treat children with this condition and deliver comprehensive care. In addition, the team continually evaluates new treatments to prevent neurologic damage and restore function in children with the condition.

For more information about multiple sclerosis and treatment at Children’s Health, please visit www.childrens.com.

About Children’s Health℠

Children’s Health is the seventh-largest pediatric health care provider in the nation and the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, providing a full spectrum of health care services—from daily wellness and primary care to specialty visits and critical care. Holding eight disease-specific care certifications from The Joint Commission, Children’s Health has been consistently named one of the nation’s top pediatric providers by U.S. News & World Report. The Children’s Health system includes the flagship hospital Children’s Medical Center Dallas, as well as Children’s Medical Center Plano, eight specialty centers, 20 Children’s Health Pediatric Group primary care practices, nine Our Children’s House rehabilitation facilities, home health, physician services and the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern. For more information, please visit www.childrens.com.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Last year alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network of services, the Society devoted $122.2 million to connect more than million individuals to the people, information and resources they need. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $54 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are united in our collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. Learn more at www.nationalMSsociety.org.

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