BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – January 23, 2007 - For over 20 years, the renowned team of experts at the Maimonides MS Care Center, founded and led by Dr. Aaron E. Miller, Co-Director, .has been helping Brooklyn residents cope with the challenges of multiple sclerosis.
The Maimonides MS Care Center provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment in a modern facility located within the Division of Neurology at 883 65th Street. Each patient is thoroughly assessed by a multidisciplinary team, ensuring that this chronic disease is properly identified. According to Dr. Robyn Wolintz, Co-Director of the Center, treatment options will vary according to the stage of the disease, the severity of symptoms, the patient’s age and lifestyle.
“Our MS Center provides a full range of diagnostic technology and treatment options. We consider each patient as an individual and devise a treatment plan that is tailored to the patient’s condition and lifestyle,” Dr. Wolintz said.
Advances in treatment have dramatically improved the overall health and quality of life of MS patients. The primary goal of the Maimonides MS Care Center is to provide patients with the comprehensive care they need – starting with initial diagnosis and continuing through the management of this chronic autoimmune disease.
“We tell our patients to let MS stand for Multiple Successes,” explained Theresa LaRocca, RN, BSN, MSCN, the Center’s Director of Clinical Services. “It is truly gratifying to guide patients through each challenge and treatment goal.”
The Center’s interdisciplinary team consists of MS specialized neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologist, nurse and social worker, with immediate access to physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists – who collaborate to promote and support independence throughout a patient’s life.
In addition to medical services, the staff makes information available on a wide range of relevant topics, including appropriate community resources, and current research and investigations into the cause and treatment of multiple sclerosis.
The Maimonides MS Care Center is dedicated to empowering patients with a broad base of knowledge and skills that will be necessary in the management of the disease. Patients and their care-partners consider the MS Center and its staff as their primary resource for guidance throughout the course of treatment.
“The patients are our focus,” added Dr. Wolintz. “In all the clamor for medications and treatments, we never lose sight of the dignity and humanity of each one. Patients deserve nothing less.”
The staff of the Maimonides MS Care Center offers the following tips for a productive visit to the Center:
- Prepare a list of concerns and things to discuss in advance of your visit.
- Mention ALL old symptoms, new symptoms and changes in your life that have occurred, whether you believe they are MS-related or not.
- Bring a list of medications you are currently taking, including all over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies.
- Consider bringing a family member or friend with you: it helps if you are being told a new diagnosis, having an exacerbation, or being advised about the disease modifying agents.
For more information about the comprehensive care at the Maimonides MS Care Center, please log-on to www.maimonidesmed.org, or call 718-283-7470.