| LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS Health) has been designated a Comprehensive Care Center by the Parkinson’s Foundation Global Care Network for providing exceptional care to patients with Parkinson’s disease.
The designation recognizes medical facilities with specialist teams that provide evidence-based care for Parkinson’s disease. This means that the Movement Disorders Clinic at UAMS has met rigorous standards of excellence in the areas of comprehensive clinical care, community education and resources, and community outreach.
The Parkinson Foundation created the comprehensive care center designation in late November and plans to apply it to just 15 medical centers across the country over the next five years. UAMS is one of only six medical centers in the country to have achieved the designation so far. The others are in Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee.
“We are grateful to receive this designation, which is an indication of the hard work that constantly goes on behind the scenes at our Movement Disorders Clinic and our desire to provide the best possible care and resources to patients with Parkinson’s disease. across the state,” Lee Archer said. , professor and chair of the department of neurology at the UAMS College of Medicine. “I would also like to specifically thank Dr. Rohit Dhall, who is our Vice President for Research and leads the Movement Disorders subspecialty, for he has done the lion’s share of the work to make this happen.”
Dhall, a professor in the department of neurology at the UAMS College of Medicine, credited the clinic’s multidisciplinary team for the national recognition. The team includes services in neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, health education, social work, clinical research and rehabilitation/therapy.
“I would also like to acknowledge the support of the UAMS Institute for Translational Research, which has enabled the center to set up clinical trials aimed at treating the disease and slowing its progression. The institute’s grants have also provided funds to create a virtual Parkinson’s education library and a statewide telemedicine project, both of which have won praise from site visitors. the Parkinson’s Foundation, Dhall said.
Without the institute’s support, Dhall said, he also would not have been able to hire a health educator who, aided by philanthropic support from the UAMS Office of Advancement, put set up a series of art workshops for Parkinson’s disease and a cooking program with Parkinson’s disease. .
Dhall also acknowledged support from a Chancellor’s Grant Award; the UAMS nursing education team for the implementation of a program focused on the safety of patients with Parkinson’s disease in the hospital; and Alan Diamond, DO, a movement disorder specialist who is an adjunct faculty member at UAMS’ Northwest Regional Campus, and “has been an integral part of the patient outreach and education components of our program. “. To maintain the Comprehensive Care Center designation, UAMS must be recertified after three years.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that is associated with loss of motor control, such as jerking or shaking at rest and lack of facial expression, as well as non-motor symptoms such as depression and depression. ‘anxiety. Although there is no cure, Dhall and his clinical trial team have several trials to slow the progression of the disease, especially for newly diagnosed patients who are not taking medication for Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease affects approximately 10 million people worldwide, 1 million Americans and 6,500 people in Arkansas. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and the 14e– leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, 60,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States.
The mission of the Parkinson Foundation is to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing the search for a cure. It has invested more than $400 million in research and clinical care for Parkinson’s disease since 1957.
UAMS is the only health sciences university in the state, with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health; a doctoral school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwestern Arkansas Regional Campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute, and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses the entire clinical enterprise of UAMS. UAMS is the only Level 1 adult trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six resident dentists. It is the largest public employer in the state with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide patient care at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, TwitterYouTube or Instagram.