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HARTFORD – The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research at the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, a St. Francis Care provider, has been officially recognized as a Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program.

This formal recognition honors the Mandell MS Center’s commitment to exceptional patient care; its provision of coordinated, comprehensive MS care; and its continuing partnership with the MS Society to address the challenges of people affected by MS.

"The Mandell MS Center has a deep and longstanding commitment to serving the multiple sclerosis community," said Dr. Robert J. Krug, medical director of physical medicine and rehabilitation. "That commitment is demonstrated by the investments we have made in our staff who are nationally recognized in the field. It is further underscored through a range of world-class programs and services to help improve outcomes for patients and their families."

"We are gratified to be recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care and the only one in central Connecticut," said Maura Murray, executive director of physical medicine and rehabilitation. "We are very proud of the care and services we provide here and to receive national recognition is truly an honor."

"We are so proud to partner with the Mandell MS Center in ensuring coordinated, comprehensive care for the thousands of people living with MS in Connecticut," said Lisa Gerrol, president of the Connecticut chapter of the National MS Society.

"In earning this recognition, the Mandell MS Center has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in MS care, care that has a real-life impact on people affected by MS in our community," she said.

"This recognition confirms our philosophy that comprehensive care is essential to improving the quality of life for our patients and their families," said Dr. Peter Wade, director of neurology.

"It is a privilege to be part of a comprehensive center that understands the evaluation and care of the whole MS patient, including the often unrecognized or untreated urologic issues commonly associated with multiple sclerosis," said Dr. Marlene Murphy-Setzko, director of urology.

The society’s designation as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care recognizes the need for patients to have access to a full array of medical, psycho-social and rehabilitation services to address the varied and often complex issues related to living with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling chronic disease of the central nervous system.

The Partners in MS Care program acknowledges and encourages total coordinated care for people living with MS and involves health care professionals in the areas of neurology, mental health and rehabilitation, as well as sites that provide multidisciplinary, comprehensive MS care.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.