MS Center in North Haven is a ‘one-stop shop’ for patients
Spacious offices are convenient, designed for efficient care
May 15 was a landmark day for David Hafler, MD, and Daniel Pelletier, MD.
On that day they cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the new Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center at the Yale-New Haven Hospital North Haven Medical Center, where doctors are already seeing patients with MS, arthritis and rheumatology and digestive diseases. The center provides state-of-the-art treatments, and engages in basic research and clinical trials to advance both the understanding of the diseases and improve treatment options.
The doctors celebrated at a reception with an audience that included fellow physicians and staff, as well as donors, patients and their families.
MS patients often find themselves visiting different specialists in multiple locations. But the new center is a “one-stop shop” that allows for multidisciplinary collaboration among various specialists, according to Dr. Pelletier, chief of the Multiple Sclerosis Center and Neuro-Immunology Division. Patient visits start in a spacious waiting room. Inside there are seven exam rooms, a procedure room, an infusion room and offices for clinicians and researchers. There are also laboratory and blood draw services on site, as well as diagnostic radiology, including a 3T MRI machine. Parking is free, which is especially important for patients with canes and wheelchairs.
“It’s a new time. It’s almost a new beginning. This is the infrastructure we’ve been waiting for to build a comprehensive MS team,” Dr. Pelletier said.
Dr. Hafler, chair of the Department of Neurology, recalled his college days in the 1970s, when physicians knew very little about MS. Now they know the fundamental basis of MS—that it is an autoimmune disease that is related to other autoimmune diseases, he said. “The treatment that works in one disease can work in another.” With the help of genetics, the next step will be to ascertain which patient should get which treatments. “We’re finally beginning to learn about how to treat this disease,” he said.
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- David Hafler, MD, addresses an audience of supporters who came to see the new center.
- Daniel Pelletier greats a friend, the artist Elizabeth Jameson, who donated pieces of her work for the center’s waiting room.
- The best view of the outdoors can be found in the center’s infusion room.
- Daniel Pelletier, MD, shows visitors the center’s 3T MRI machine.
- Work donated by artist Elizabeth Jameson brightens the waiting room.