Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center has recently been named a Level 3 Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), making it one of only eight adult epilepsy centers in the state and the only one in northwest Ohio.

According to the NAEC, a Level 3 EMU is a specialized epilepsy center that “provides the basic range of medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial services needed to treat patients with refractory epilepsy.” In addition to diagnostic evaluations, a Level 3 epilepsy center also provides medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial services. 

“Mercy Health has provided our community with high-quality and compassionate epilepsy care for years and this Level 3 status compliments that extensive services offered at our Mercy Health Neuroscience Institute. With this accreditation, our patients can be assured that the care they receive is nationally recognized among the most comprehensive,” said Dr. Ahmed Arshad, medical director, Mercy Health epilepsy program. “Epilepsy is a disorder that can have a significant impact on a person’s life. With help from our expert team, these patients can live more fulfilling lives.”

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that is characterized by repeated seizures. There is not a cure for epilepsy, so the goal of treatment is to manage symptoms and control occurrences.

Symptoms of epilepsy may include staring blankly; falling; shaking or tremors; blacking out; losing control over bladder or bowels; temporary loss of consciousness; and/or confusion.

According to the NAEC, epilepsy centers provide a comprehensive team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. A patient-oriented team will typically include epileptologists (neurologists with expertise in treating seizures), neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurse specialists, EEG technologists, social workers, and others with training and experience in epilepsy care. 

As a specialized epilepsy center, St. Vincent provides routine care to individuals with seizures or epilepsy and specializes in providing comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to individuals with uncontrolled seizures.

“The Mercy Health neuroscience physicians and care providers have been leaders in neurological care throughout the region and this accreditation is further proof of the excellent care offered uniquely in the area by this team,” said Jeff Dempsey, president, Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center. “I want to thank the entire team for their tireless efforts in helping Mercy Health continue to deliver on our commitment to the community of providing the highest quality and most compassionate care.”

NAEC accredits centers based on their expertise and capacity to provide specific services. The NAEC Board oversees the accreditation process and makes final determinations on accreditation decisions. NAEC is a non-profit association with a membership of more than 230 specialized epilepsy centers in the United States. The Association works to develop standards of care and promote their adoption by epilepsy centers through its accreditation program.