Parkinson’s Foundation expands specialized care network

Foundation adds four Centers of Excellence and four Comprehensive Care Centers

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The Parkinson’s Foundation has expanded its Global Care Network by adding four Centers of Excellence and four Comprehensive Care Centers to increase access to specialized multidisciplinary care for people with Parkinson’s disease.

This expansion recognizes centers within a broad geographic region, including the first-ever designations in Wisconsin, Washington, and Japan.

“The newly designated Centers join a network that is setting the highest standard of care for people with Parkinson’s in the U.S. and internationally,” John L. Lehr, president and CEO of the Parkinson’s Foundation, said in a press release.

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“With our latest Network expansion, we are proud to further our commitment to improving the health and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s by recognizing providers offering exceptional care in their communities,” Lehr added.

Parkinson’s disease is expected to affect 1.2 million people in the U.S. by 2030. One of the main goals of the foundation is to ensure that all people with the disease have access to the best care and support to improve their health and quality of life.

To date, the Parkinson’s Foundation oversees 54 Centers of Excellence, including 40 in the U.S., and 10 Comprehensive Care Centers. To ensure required standards of care, each center must recertify after five years.

The network’s hospitals and academic centers provide specialized teams of neurologists, movement disorder specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and mental health professionals who have the most current knowledge about the latest Parkinson’s medications, therapies, and research.

Each center must offer evidence-based care centered on patients, and demonstrate leadership in professional training, patient education, and community outreach. Centers of Excellence also play a vital role in advancing clinical research in Parkinson’s disease.

The new Centers of Excellence include the University of Michigan Health, the University of California Davis Health Center for Movement Disorders, the Stanford Movement Disorders Center, and the Juntendo University Hospital in Japan.

“The Stanford Movement Disorders Center is deeply honored to be designated a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. Through patient care, education and research, our providers and staff embrace the Foundation’s mission to make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease,” said Kathleen L. Poston, MD. Poston is the Edward F. and Irene Thiele Pimley professor in neurology and chief of movement disorders for Stanford University.

Comprehensive Care Center locations

The new Comprehensive Care Centers include The Ohio State University Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders, the University of Texas Health Science Center, the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Neuroscience Institute, and the Swedish Movement Disorders Clinic.