West Virginia University Hospitals Neuroscience Program Recognized

 “Center of Excellence” Ranking Announced

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals has been designated as a “Center of Excellence” by NeuroSource, Inc., a national consulting firm that assists hospitals in evaluating and improving their neurology and neurosurgery programs.

WVU neurosurgeons provide advanced care to adults and children with disorders of the brain carotid and vertebral arteries, pituitary gland, spine and spinal cord, cranial and spinal nerves, and autonomic nervous system. Expert treatment is given for spinal degenerative disease, epilepsy, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, neoplasms, and trauma.

Neurologists at WVU offer patients a full spectrum of innovative therapies for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles, including stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular diseases and movement disorders. In addition the University has expanded its treatment programs in pediatric neurology, neuro-oncology and headache.

The neurosciences programs attract patients from all across West Virginia and surrounding states. Increasingly, WVU is treating patients from other regions – and around the world – who are referred by physicians who recognize the quality of the medical care offered here.

According to NeuroSource, 150 hospital-based neuroscience programs, from 41 states, contributed to the 2006 Neuroscience Center of Excellence Survey. In its third year, the survey is the only one of its kind in the neurosciences, and has become the industry standard to measure program progression and performance across four key indicators: Programs, Staff, Facility and Technology, and Business.

The designation is a formal recognition of hospitals and health systems with neuroscience programs of excellence. WVU Hospitals is the only hospital in the state to earn the designation this year.

Established in 1997, NeuroSource is the nation's only health care company focused exclusively on the business of neuroscience and allied specialties. It is often called upon by national organizations to present the latest strategic and business perspectives on the rapidly evolving field of the neurosciences.

For more information on neuroscience at WVU, see health.wvu.edu.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bc: 12-12-06

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