Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoE)
National ECoE Organization
Epilepsy Center of Excellence - Organization, Who We Are, What We Do
The ECoE offers a range of services in both the outpatient and inpatient realms. The ECoE provides outpatient epilepsy clinics with a staff of neurology specialists. From these clinics, patients can be directed to the most advanced testing methods for the evaluation of epilepsy, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and video monitoring. For those patients that require more intensive testing or attention, the ECoE also provide inpatient units for examining certain seizure types more closely or changing medications in a monitored setting. The epilepsy centers are also linked with the Polytrauma Centers to increase ability to mutually follow veterans with moderate and severe traumatic brain injury who are at the greatest risk for post-traumatic epilepsy. The sites are developing protocols to identify veterans with epilepsy and to develop referral networks to enable veterans to obtain specialized treatment such as epilepsy surgery and advanced electro-diagnosis within the veteran healthcare system
If you are a veteran with seizures and are interested in visiting our Epilepsy Center, please communicate with your local VA primary care physician. This doctor will be able to determine if you might benefit from visiting us, and can help set up a visit.
NATIONAL ECoE GOALS:
To perform epilepsy research, education, and clinical care activities in collaboration with Department medical facilities that have centers for research, education, and clinical care activities on complex multi-trauma associated with combat injuries established under section 7327 of title S2162.
To ensure an affiliation with an accredited medical school that provides education and training in neurology, including an arrangement with such school under which medical residents receive education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy (including neurosurgery).
Utilizing national VA and other databases in order to inform providers and policy makers in Central Office about health care delivery and health policy decisions, conducting state-of-the-art research about Epilepsy, and implementing an informatics backbone to meet the above objectives.
Providing health professional education and training in order to deliver the highest quality of standard of care to veterans with Epilepsy. To provide an educational opportunity for nursing staff, medical students, house staff, fellows, referring physicians, and patients.