Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Receives Top Epilepsy Ranking from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers

Comprehensive Epilepsy Program named a Level 4 Epilepsy Center – one
of four children’s hospitals in California to meet the highest-level
treatment for epileptic care

Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
has been recognized by the National
Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC)
as a Level 4 epilepsy center,
providing the highest–level medical and surgical evaluation and
treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. NAEC is a leading national
organization focused on providing support to people with epilepsy.

CHLA is now one of four children’s hospitals in California – and the
only children’s hospital in Greater Los Angeles – to receive this
prestigious accreditation. This achievement underscores CHLA’s focus on
expanding epilepsy care for children in Southern California. Led by
Deborah Holder, MD, CHLA’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program Center is a
major focus for the hospital’s Division of Neurology, which manages the
care of hundreds of children with epilepsy from Los Angeles and beyond.

“Being distinguished as a Level 4 epilepsy center tells patients and
families that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the place to go for the
highest quality of care for those children with epilepsy,” says Holder,
director of the CHLA Comprehensive Epilepsy
. “I am extremely proud of our multidisciplinary team for
providing the significant expertise and best practices to achieve this

The program’s emphasis on a comprehensive continuum of care model is
underscored by the recent recruitment of pediatric epilepsy expert
Douglas Nordli Jr., MD, chief of the Division of Neurology, and
co-director of the Neurosciences Institute at CHLA with Mark D. Krieger,
MD – Billy and Audrey Wilder Chair of the Division of Neurosurgery. By
combining services and expertise from Neurology, Neurosurgery,
Psychiatry, Neuro-psychology, Neuro-Radiology, Physical Therapy,
Occupational Therapy, Dietetics and Social Work, best practices and care
are assured in the epileptic care of our young patients. CHLA, moreover,
is currently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation for
neurology and neurosurgery care in the 2016-17 U.S. News & World Report
Best Children’s Hospitals survey.

“This distinguished recognition is one of the many examples of what is
amazing about Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” Nordli says. “Over the
course of the last year, this multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Holder
was able to assemble a high-quality program and receive the highest
level accreditation. This is a true testament to the great work and
dedication by our staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s
hospital in California and among the top 10 in the nation for clinical
excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World
Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research
Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research
facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of
America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932
with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern

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