MS Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is nationally recognized

Prestigious recognition awarded to only handful of health care providers each year

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Multiple Sclerosis Center in Neptune was recently recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program.

It is one of only two Centers for Comprehensive MS Care in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The Center for Comprehensive MS Care distinction is awarded by a national committee, and any organization that receives it must demonstrate coordinated, multidisciplinary care for MS. Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s specialists were recognized for continually demonstrating a wealth of knowledge, experience and the important attention to detail necessary in treating people living with MS.

MS Certified Specialist Dr. David Duncan leads the Neptune center’s integrated and multidisciplinary clinical team as medical director, with almost 30 years of experience treating patients diagnosed with MS. Fellowship-trained Dr. Lana Zhovtis Ryerson is director of research for the center, as well as serving as an MS speciality care provider along with Duncan. Nurse Patricia Mezzina focuses on continuity of care and the well-being of patients. Together, the team works to provide an advanced, comprehensive network of care to reduce symptoms of MS and optimize patients’ ability to function at their best in their professional and personal lives.

“I’m incredibly proud of the center’s team and the care they provide their patients,” Dr. Alan Colicchio, chair of neurology, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and medical director, Neuroscience Care Transformation Service, Hackensack Meridian Health, Southern Market, said. “Patients have access to complete diagnostic testing specifically designed for MS and emerging therapies available through clinical trials. They receive assistance with appointments and scheduling, providing convenience by allowing for multiple consultations in one visit.”

The center’s specialists and network provide a wide variety of services and treatments, such as physical, occupational, swallowing and speech therapies, as well as addressing other problems that can be frequently associated with MS, including headaches, sleep disorders, vision problems, bladder and bowel issues, sexual dysfunction, spasticity, pain, psychological well-being and more.

“This recognition is a confirmation of the extensive programming put in place by Dr. Duncan, a leading authority on multiple sclerosis, and the entire MS Center team,” Vito Buccellato, president and chief hospital executive, Jersey Shore University Medical Center said.

The MS Center, which opened in 2019, is part of Hackensack Meridian Health’s Neuroscience Institute, providing comprehensive care for a complete lineup of neurological illnesses and disorders throughout the state.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care and with Neuroscience Excellence Awards 2021 through 2023, as well as with the 2022 and 2023 Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award.

“Jersey Shore continues to attract neurological experts, like Dr. Duncan, and receive national quality accolades recognizing the specialized care they provide,” Dr. Kenneth Sable, regional president, Southern Market, Hackensack Meridian Health, said. “I’m extremely proud of the MS Center team’s efforts to provide their patients with the best care and experience.”