Children's Hospital of Orange County is now the only pediatric hospital in California to achieve Level 4 status for the treatment of epilepsy, the hospital announced Monday.
Level 4 designations are made by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers for locales with "the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy," according to a CHOC press release.
CHOC's Level 4 status comes on the heels of hiring Dr. Mary Zupanc, a pediatric epileptologist, to run its epilepsy center. Before joining CHOC last year, Zupanc built comprehensive pediatric epilepsy programs at Mayo Clinic, Columbia University, the NYU School of Medicine and, most recently, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, according to the press release.
CHOC’s Epilepsy Center offers intensive neurodiagnostics monitoring, as well as extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatments. CHOC also offers a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and other more complex surgical procedures.