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Cahouet Center for Comprehensive Parkinson’s Care Opens at Jefferson Hospital

Monday, August 5, 2019

JEFFERSON HILLS, Pa – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and the Parkinson’s Foundation of Western Pennsylvania are pleased to announce the opening of a new Cahouet Center for Comprehensive Parkinson’s Care at Jefferson Hospital, offering comprehensive Parkinson’s care in one convenient location and close to home for residents of Jefferson Hills and its surrounding communities.

The Cahouet Center uniquely combines the leading medical expertise of AHN with the extensive resources of the Parkinson Foundation, addressing the diverse and changing needs of Parkinson’s patients over time from diagnosis through their individualized, holistic care plans.

AHN neurologist and Parkinson’s specialist, Mary Flaherty, DO, is now seeing patients at the Jefferson hospital location.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to expand our Parkinson’s program to the Jefferson Hills area. To date, the Cahouet Center has helped thousands of patients better manage this life-changing diagnosis by wrapping patients in care that goes beyond traditional methods,” said Dr. Flaherty. “By working closely with our colleagues at the Parkinson’s Foundation, we surround patients with a wide array of clinical resources, holistic therapies and support services that can improve their outcomes and overall quality of life.”

The Cahouet Center mobilizes a team of experienced AHN professionals, including a movement disorders specialist, speech, occupational and physical therapists, psychologist, social worker, dietitian and exercise specialist to create a comprehensive care plan for each patient and family.

Foundation and Center staff identify conveniently located health professionals and resources in the patient’s community to help execute the care plan and follow up with patients regularly to monitor their progress and assist with any barriers they may encounter.

As clinical needs are met and frequently reassessed, support services are also offered. Through the Center, patients have full access to support groups for those affected by Parkinson’s, exercises classes like boxing and educational programs to learn more about the disease and how to best manage it while living a full life.

The Center is named for the late Frank Cahouet, former chairman and chief executive of Mellon Financial Corp. Following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2015, finding the ancillary services to meet all of his needs proved to be a challenge. Cahouet’s experience inspired him to help create a comprehensive, well-coordinated care program that would provide the best possible one-stop shop resource for Parkinson’s patients.

“Thanks to Mr. Cahouet’s vision, Allegheny Health Network is able to afford those with Parkinson’s a truly remarkable, patient-centered experience that makes a real difference in the lives they are able to lead,’’ said Donald Whiting, MD, Chair, AHN Neuroscience Institute.  “Parkinson’s is a complex disease that requires the highest levels of clinical expertise and a full spectrum of supportive therapies to manage effectively. With the opening of the Cahouet Center at Jefferson Hospital we now have three conveniently located programs to meet those needs.”

The Cahouet Center was first established at the AHN professional building in Bellevue in 2016 and was expanded to Forbes Hospital last year.

“Parkinson’s disease can present very differently from patient to patient so there isn’t a true one-size-fits-all approach in managing the disease.  Patients and family members can expect the best possible care throughout the progression when drawing on the expertise and resources available at the Cahouet Center,” said David Von Hofen, Director of Programs and Outreach at the Parkinson Foundation of Western PA.

Under the direction of Dr. Whiting, Timothy A Leichliter, MD and Susan Baser, MD, AHN has one of the most advanced movement disorders programs in the country. The Institute provides leading expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s, offering innovative therapies that can safely reduce or eliminate symptoms of the disease.  AHN surgeons have successfully treated hundreds of patients with deep brain stimulation, a life-changing surgical procedure that involves implanting electrodes into the brain to regulate abnormal nerve impulses associated with Parkinson’s.

Patients can schedule an appointment at the Cahouet Center by calling 412-DOCTORS.