Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and the Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania have created the Cahouet Center for Comprehensive Parkinson’s Care, designed to help patients with Parkinson’s disease and their families more seamlessly access and coordinate the clinical and support services they require.
The Cahouet Center uniquely combines AHN’s world-class medical expertise with the invaluable resources of the Parkinson Foundation under one roof, creating a multi-disciplinary program that addresses the changing needs of Parkinson’s patients over time. It provides patients with a single point of contact to address any questions or concerns that may arise following diagnosis, along with individualized care plans coordinated by the Parkinson Foundation.
Coordinated Approach Enhances Patient Care
The Center provides on-site access to AHN’s neurologists and other clinicians with special expertise in treating Parkinson’s, as well as clinical research trials of new therapies being explored for the disease. During the initial appointment, the person with Parkinson’s disease can be evaluated by a movement disorders specialist, speech and physical therapists – all in one setting.
The clinical care team reviews each case and develops a comprehensive care strategy based on the specific needs of the patient and family. Then, Cahouet Center staff identifies appropriate allied medical and health professionals in the patient’s community to assist with the recommended care plan and follows-up with the patients on a regular basis to monitor progress and assist with any challenges they may have encountered. The Cahouet Center also hosts support groups, exercise classes and educational programs.