Christiana Care Health System has earned the designation of Center for Comprehensive MS Care from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for its integrated and multidisciplinary approach to care of people with multiple sclerosis.

This recognition — the first to be awarded in Delaware — places Christiana Care in the top tier of MS programs nationwide.

“This recognition affirms the effectiveness of our multidisciplinary approach in addressing the complex needs of people with this disease,” said Jason M. Silversteen, director of the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center and member of the health care advisory committee of the Greater Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “By providing respectful, innovative and expert care, we are helping our neighbors with multiple sclerosis live more healthy and productive lives.”

The Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center serves about 1,300 patients, representing about half of the people in Delaware who have been diagnosed with the disease. The Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center partners with providers from across multiple specialties to coordinate care plans that include medical, psychological, rehabilitative, social and behavioral services. Because depression is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis, a behavioral health nurse also is embedded within the program to provide in-house counseling and referrals to psychiatrists.

Christiana Care’s status was conferred as part of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program, which seeks to support quality multiple sclerosis care.

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