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The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a regional leader in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of adult and pediatric epilepsy. We offer the most up-to-date diagnostic tests and provide a broad scope of therapies, including medical, dietary and surgical, in a multidisciplinary setting to individualize the treatment course for each patient.
The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s comprehensive, multidisciplinary program is the only Level 4 Epilepsy Center in central Pennsylvania. This reflects our ability to care for adult and pediatric epilepsy patients using the most up-to-date diagnostic technologies and a full spectrum of therapies.
Our epilepsy program’s team approach coordinates personnel from a number of fields and specialties—adult and pediatric epileptologists (neurologists with specialty training in epilepsy), epilepsy surgery-trained neurosurgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, EEG technologists, neuroradiologists, nuclear medicine radiologists, psychiatrists, clinical neuropsychologists, neuroscience nurses and dietitians. Decision-making in this team atmosphere is patient-focused and individualized to maximize patient outcomes and quality of life.
The Penn State Health Epilepsy Center is designated a Level 4 Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), which is the highest designation representing the most complex forms of diagnostic evaluations and treatment options. A Level 4 center provides the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment. Level 4 centers also offer complete evaluations for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.
The electroencephalography (EEG) laboratory at Penn State Health is accredited by the EEG Laboratory Accreditation Board of ABRET Neurodiagnostic Credentialing and Accreditation.
ABRET’s lab accreditation process evaluates technical standards, the quality of the laboratory’s output and lab management issues. Successful accreditation means the EEG laboratory has met strict standards and is recognized as a place where patients and physicians can be confident they are receiving quality diagnostics.
ABRET is the credentialing board for EEG, Evoked Potential, Long-Term Monitoring and Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring technologists, as well as Autonomic Testing Professionals. ABRET was organized in 1964 through a joint effort by ASET ― The Neurodiagnostic Society and the American EEG Society (now the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society). The Laboratory Accreditation Board was founded in 2004.