UC Designated Parkinson’s Information and Referral Center

For patients newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and family members looking for information and support, there’s now an important resource based at the University of Cincinnati (UC).

UC, home of the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, has been designated the official Information and Referral Center (IRC) for Ohio, southern Michigan and portions of Indiana and Kentucky by the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA), officials with UC and the APDA announced today.

The Information and Referral Center will be based at the Stetson Building, which houses UC’s Department of Neurology. The center was previously based at Kettering Memorial Hospital in Kettering, Ohio.

Through its network of Information and Referral Centers, the APDA responds to the needs of persons affected by Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers through education, referral, support and public awareness programs. The Information and Referral Center serves as a regional hub which processes requests received by mail, phone or on-site visits.

“This is a major development for the Greater Cincinnati community and the surrounding region,” says Fredy J. Revilla, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at UC and Director of the Gardner Center. “We will be the place to call for resources, education and medical care for Parkinson’s disease.”

Revilla will serve as medical director of the Information and Referral Center. Maureen Gartner, a registered nurse, will be the information and referral nurse.

“We are thrilled to partner with Dr. Revilla, Maureen and the University of Cincinnati,” says Becca Huffman, chapter coordinator for Tri-State Parkinson’s Wellness, an affiliate chapter of the APDA. “We believe that this partnership will enable the chapter and the Information and Referral Center to significantly expand patient services and programming to better meet the growing and unmet needs of the regional Parkinson’s community.

“It is our hope that through our combined efforts, people with Parkinson’s disease, their families and caregivers will have a one-stop shop that truly improves their quality of life.”

The Gardner Center includes a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled physicians, deeply experienced research scientists and a dedicated support staff. The team is committed to accurately diagnosing and treating patients who suffer from Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

The APDA is the nation’s largest grassroots organization serving the Parkinson’s community. It is a not-for-profit organization and receives no governmental or public funding. Each year it contributes more than $2.5 million for research and another $2 million for direct patient and caregiver support through individual and corporate donations.

The Tri-State Parkinson’s Wellness chapter is based in Cincinnati and serves patients of Ohio, Kentucky, southern and central Indiana and southern Michigan. For information, call (877) 489-1110. (Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) You can also visit the chapter on the Web at www.parkinsoncincinnati.org.

To contact the Gardner Center, call (866) 941-8264 or visit UC Health.

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