Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Care Center Earns Designation for Quality Care from National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Berkeley, Calif. – Sutter Health announced today that a neurology team at Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) has been recognized for exceptional care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program.
The SEBMF care center at 2850 Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley has been designated by the Society as a Partner in MS Care – Comprehensive Care Center for providing high quality, coordinated care to people living with multiple sclerosis.
“We are so proud to collaborate with Sutter Health to enhance coordinated, comprehensive care for the people who live with MS in the Bay Area,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, president and CEO of the National MS Society. “In earning this recognition, Dr. Joanna Cooper and her Sutter team have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in MS care, making a tremendous impact on people affected by MS in this community.”
Multiple sclerosis affects about 2.3 million people worldwide, making it the most common cause of non-traumatic disability in young people. It is an unpredictable often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the central nervous system and the rest of the body.
Joanna Cooper, M.D., a neurologist and medical director of specialty services at SEBMF who led the effort to earn the national designation, will accept a plaque at a Feb. 11, 2019 ceremony honoring her and SEBMF for exceptional care and support for people living with multiple sclerosis.
The designation means that Dr. Cooper and a team of clinicians at SEBMF have experience and knowledge in treating MS patients, offer a coordinated array of medical, nursing, mental health, rehabilitation and social services and have a strong collaboration with the National MS Society. Dr. Cooper collaborated with the National MS Society in order to better provide complex services, support and education for MS patients as well as continue developing excellent care models.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition, which will enhance our MS care,’’ Dr. Cooper said. “MS patients have many complex needs over time and it takes a dedicated and coordinated team to help them manage this disease. We have a team and collaborate with multiple specialties to provide this quality of care through the Sutter network.”
The SEBMF Care Center is now one of four Comprehensive MS Care Centers designated by the National MS Society in the Bay Area and one of 143 in the country with the designation.
Some of the specialists in Sutter trained to take care of MS patients include clinicians in primary care, urology, gynecology, hematology, neuroradiology, infectious disease, nursing, physical and occupational therapy and other rehabilitation specialists as well as the clinical research teams.
“It’s a disease that affects young people in the prime of their life,” Dr. Cooper said. “The care is complex, treatment has become high risk, and the right kind of care is essential to achieve the best quality and outcomes.’’