The HSC MDA Care Center offers most comprehensive neuromuscular outpatient program in the region

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (March. 22, 2017) - Hospital for Special Care (HSC) MDA Care Center recently received certification from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for providing the best care in a multidisciplinary setting. The Muscular Dystrophy Association awards this certification to the top 200 clinics in the United States treating patients with muscular disorders.

There are more than 50 different types of muscular disorders, and neuromuscular diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Muscular Dystrophy; diseases that have devastated families and perplexed medical science for decades. The MDA Care Center at HSC is the largest and most comprehensive neuromuscular center in the region and the only center in Connecticut that offers neuromuscular patients a range of clinical trials.

“The dedication of the entire staff at HSC and the HSC MDA Care Center enables us to uphold our status as a multidisciplinary clinic and remain certified to assist those affected by MD-related disorders,” said Kevin Felice, D.O., chief of neuromuscular medicine, Hospital for Special Care.

The Neuromuscular Center cares for more than 250 patients with ALS, and over 1000 adult and pediatric patients with muscular dystrophy and other chronic neuromuscular disorders. The multidisciplinary team at HSC continues to work with patients and their families to preserve the dignity that is all too often consumed by these debilitating diseases. Its goal is to help patients maintain independence within their own home.

Due to new advances in therapies and treatments, a growing number of people with neuromuscular diseases are able to live at home and be treated on an outpatient basis. HSC offers the most comprehensive neuromuscular outpatient program in the region serving both children and adults. HSC is also the only center in the state testing medications for ALS and other MD disorders.

All patients who visit the multidisciplinary clinic visit with a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, respiratory therapist, and dietician to help with overall care. The team of clinicians also includes a pediatric nurse, license clinical social worker and neuromuscular physicians.