May 9, 2018

Trinity Health opens $3M center for MS care, research at St. Mary's Hospital

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The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research has opened in St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury.

Trinity Health of New England said it's opened a $3 million center for multiple sclerosis treatment and research at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury to serve the nearly 1,000 MS patients in that region.

The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research is partnered with the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell MS Center at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, which is also a Trinity-owned property.

The Waterbury center offers treatment, research and rehabilitation programs run by neurologists, neuropsychologists, urologists, physiatrists, social workers, occupational and rehabilitation therapists, speech pathologists, physician's assistants and nurses.

MS is a central nervous system disorder that damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing problems with vision, balance, muscle control and other basic body functions. It has no known cure.

Dr. Robert Krug, president of Mount Sinai, says that the Hartford location "has been a game changer for MS patients in Connecticut, and the Waterbury location will be a game changer for patients in that area. It's the same people, the same vision. We will be collaborating in care, with the same group of providers and conducting research at both sites."

The Mandell Family, St. Mary's Hospital Foundation and work of capital campaign chairs Frank Monteiro and David Martin made the project possible, the hospital said.

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