Published: Nov. 1, 2012

Clinic recognized for outstanding multiple sclerosis care

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A national health organization today recognized Michigan State University’s Multiple Sclerosis Clinic as an outstanding resource for patients with the disease.

The Michigan chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society named the clinic a Multiple Sclerosis Center for Comprehensive Care. A national review committee recommended MSU for the designation, which the clinic earned by demonstrating a focus on the experiences of patients and offering them a full array of health and rehabilitation services.

“We deeply appreciate this recognition,” said David Kaufman, chair of the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology, which runs the clinic. “In the last two decades, we’ve seen a lot of progress in treatment options and improving care for patients with MS.”

The MSU clinic is one of three in Michigan to have earned the designation, along with facilities at the University of Michigan and the Henry Ford Health System.

“A couple of years ago, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society created this classification so we could inform our clients about the very best places to go, where the full scope of their disease could be managed,” said Elana Sullivan, NMSS Michigan chapter president.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, like numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.

Members of the MSU Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology celebrate with representatives of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which recognized an MSU clinic for its comprehensive care for MS patients. Photo by Ann Cook.

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