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Linda E. Cardinale MS Center

Learn to Live Well with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, debilitating disease of the central nervous system, which affects young adults, sometimes with astonishing speed. The symptoms of MS can range from mild—producing little or no disability—to severe—leading to substantial disability within a few years. The unpredictable physical and emotional effect can be life long.

 The Linda E. Cardinale MS Center was developed in 2002 with the support of the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society to help improve the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and their families in the Tri-State region. The center is led by medical director Amos Katz, MD, fellowship trained at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., and assistant director Terence McAlarney, MD, fellowship trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City.

The goal of the Linda E. Cardinale MS Center is to provide comprehensive, high-quality care to patients with multiple sclerosis through accurate diagnosis, education, establishment of an appropriate plan of care, and executing an individualized treatment plan. Patients are treated as individuals with special considerations given to include various support systems.

The Linda E. Cardinale MS Center has moved into a new 4,400-square-foot office on the third floor of CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus. The new location includes additional evaluation and consultation rooms, expanded clinical and rehabilitation areas, a dedicated infusion center, a balance testing and audiology center, space for a cognitive training program, and additional space for clinical research. The new location also allows for more services from physicians, including a physiatrist and urologist.

Teaming Up for Treatment
The Linda E. Cardinale MS Center provides coordinated care for evaluation and treatment with a team of specialists. The team is lead by neurologists who specialize in MS, and is supported by a nurse coordinator, occupational and physical therapists, and speech and language pathologists. The center relies on other disciplines to round out the team. Other support systems include nutritionists, social work, equipment vendors, and home care companies to assist in coordinating care, as well as psychotherapists for counseling.
 
The center provides urological evaluation and treatment for bladder dysfunction, management of the intrathecal baclofen pump for severe spasticity; administration of the newest available FDA-approved treatment for MS, as well as monthly support groups and education seminars.

Research
Our research projects include participation in multi-site studies for new MS treatments, and patient focused outcome studies on improving quality of life.

Diagnosis: 
  • Initial and second opinion medical evaluations, including a detailed medical history review.
  • Comprehensive neurological exam and rehabilitation screenings.

Team Approach:
The unit is staffed by certified MS specialists in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.

Nursing Care:
  • Injection training
  • Medication review
  • Symptom management
  • Patient and family education
  • Patient advocacy
  • Coordination of services within the center and community.
Services: 
  • MRI
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Triple evoked potential testing
  • EMG
  • EEG
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Patient and family support group - The MS Support Group meets the third Monday of the month 1-2:30 p.m. at the Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center.
  • Wheelchair clinic
  • Transportation
  • Orthotist-prosthetist evaluations
  • Cognitive testing and training
  • Patient education programs
  • Aquatic therapy - The MS Center offers a six-week aquatic program which meets once weekly in the evening at CentraState’s Wellness and Fitness Center in the Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus. For information, call (732) 294-2505.
  • Onsite outpatient pharmacy.

Wellness program

Treatments:
  • Immunomodulators/disease modifying therapies
  • Chemotherapy
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Corticosteroids
  • Intrathecal baclofen
  • Symptom management
  • Bowel and bladder management
  • Botox®
  • VitalStim® therapy for swallowing disorders.

Volunteers welcome
For information on volunteering at the Linda E. Cardinale MS Center, call (732) 294-2505.

Contact Us
For more information about multiple sclerosis, or to schedule an appointment for an evaluation, second opinion and treatment, call (732) 294-2505 or send an e-mail.
 
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