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Published on April 12th, 2017

St. Luke’s Epilepsy Center Receives High-Level Accreditation

Bethlehem, PA (April 7, 2017) – The St. Luke’s Epilepsy Center has received a high-level accreditation designation for the next two years from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

The NAEC recently notified the St. Luke’s Epilepsy Center that it has been accredited as a Level 3 Epilepsy Center for 2017 and 2018.

According to the NAEC, 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 is the premier body of epileptologists in the country who, over the last 20 years, have organized what is the best practice of epilepsy treatment,” explains, Jonathan Hosey, MD, St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Chief of Neurology and Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience.

“Through that process, it has set requirements and evidence-based performance that must be attained to gain accreditation. Our NAEC accreditation demonstrates both within the profession and to our patients and community that the St. Luke’s Epilepsy Center is committed to providing the highest level of care that has been established for the medical treatment of epilepsy.”

During the accreditation process, the NAEC Board reviews information about a hospital or network’s technology, safety policies and procedures, the expertise of its epilepsy team, sample reports from its physicians and more. Based on its review of the center’s capabilities, the NAEC Board grants it an appropriate level of accreditation.

Dr. Hosey notes that among the strengths of the St. Luke’s Epilepsy Center is that it has four full-time epileptologists — most in the region — and an accomplished staff that features a dedicated neuropsychologist.

“Having this accreditation is important for patients. It shows there is comprehensive epilepsy care right here in the Lehigh Valley that they may otherwise need to drive one or two hours to a major city to receive,” says Scott Kohler, MD, one of the St. Luke’s Epilepsy Center’s epileptologists.

St. Luke’s epilepsy team includes epileptologists Lizbeth dePadua, MD, Medical Director of St. Luke’s Epilepsy Center, Kuei-Cheng Lim, MD, PhD, Scott Kohler, MD, and Chad Saunders, MD; functional neurosurgeon Steven Falowski, MD; and neuropsychologist Anthony DeMarco, PsyD.

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