Level 4 Accreditation for Cleveland Clinic Florida Epilepsy Center is Good News for Thousands in South Florida Living with Epilepsy

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April 24, 2017
WESTON, Fla. – April 24, 2017  Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Epilepsy Center has earned accreditation as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Level 4 centers are equipped to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
“We are honored to receive a Level 4 designation and to be recognized as one of the top epilepsy programs in the country,” said Wael Barsoum, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Our outstanding multidisciplinary team, which includes several board-certified epileptologists, an epilepsy neurosurgeon and a robust team of specialists have made our center a leading facility for the treatment of epilepsy. In addition, we have state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, extensive medical and surgical treatment options and an active research focus.”
Barsoum noted that Cleveland Clinic Florida epileptologists see patients at both Broward and Palm Beach County locations, bringing a high level of care to patients who might otherwise have to travel long distances to a facility with Level 4 accreditation.  According to the Epilepsy Foundation Florida, more than 400,000 people in Florida are living with epilepsy.
Part of the Pauline Braathen Neurological Center, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Epilepsy Center is fully integrated with the Cleveland Clinic epilepsy center at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which is considered one of the top epilepsy treatment centers in the world. Patients receive a personalized treatment plan with a goal of achieving freedom from seizures and improving quality of life. Jointly, the epilepsy centers in Ohio and Florida offer the world’s largest and most comprehensive epilepsy program, managing more than 4,000 adult and 2,000 pediatric patients each year, and performing more than 375 epilepsy surgeries in children and adults each year.
In addition, Cleveland Clinic Florida is the only institution in South Florida to perform Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to identify areas of the brain where epileptic seizures originate. During the SEEG, doctors place electrodes in targeted areas of the brain, which are then monitored to precisely locate the source of the seizures. When the seizure onset is localized, the patient becomes a candidate for a life-altering surgery which can render them seizure free.  
Most recently, Cleveland Clinic Florida received funding from The Le Foundation to purchase the Rosa 3.0 surgical robot to advance its epilepsy surgical program. The ROSA 3.0 is an integrated multi-application console that acts as a surgical assistant, designed to mimic a human arm and perform surgery with very small instruments, some as thin as a needle, to increase the safety and reliability of various neurological procedures. Like a "GPS" for the brain, the ROSA 3.0 can be used for any type of cranial procedure requiring surgical planning with preoperative data, patient registration and precise positioning and handling of instruments.
Cleveland Clinic Florida is the first hospital in South Florida to use the ROSA 3.0 for the surgical management of both common and complex disorders of the brain and central nervous system.
About the National Association of Epilepsy Centers
NAEC is a non-profit association with a membership of more than 230 specialized epilepsy centers in the United States. The association continues its work to develop standards of care and promote their adoption by epilepsy centers through its accreditation program. NAEC pursues an active agenda, educating public and private insurers, policymakers, and government officials about the complexities of and need for patient access to specialized epilepsy services.
About Cleveland Clinic Florida
Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Parkland, is a nonprofit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic Florida has 255 physicians with expertise in 55 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital. Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked #1 among the best hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area and fifth in Florida in US News & World Report’s 2016-2017 ranking of Best Hospitals metro area rankings. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Evelyn Aria, Marketing Director
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