Epilepsy specialist coming to Eagle Pass

Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Contact: Catherine Duncan, (210) 567-2570, duncancl@uthscsa.edu
Sindi Rosales, (210) 653-5353,
sindi@efcst.org

South Texas Epilepsy Clinics in Eagle Pass on Feb. 21

Eagle Pass residents age 12 and older who have seizures can be seen by an epilepsy specialist as part of the new South Texas Epilepsy Clinics, which are overseen by the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and is funded by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Lola Morgan, M.D., a board certified neurologist with UT Medicine San Antonio and an assistant professor of neurology at the UT Health Science Center, will see patients every other month in Eagle Pass.

"We are excited to be able to offer specialty epilepsy services to people in Eagle Pass. We look forward to a close partnership with the community. We are welcoming all people affected by epilepsy and seizures to come to our clinics,” Dr. Morgan said.

The first clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 21, at Maverick County Hospital District, 3406 Bob Rogers Drive. Appointments are required. Please call 210-450-9700 to make an appointment and for more information. The clinic is for individuals who have Medicaid or are uninsured; residents with insurance also are welcome. Spanish speakers will be available.

The outreach clinics will include an epilepsy specialist physician, a case manager, social worker and a medical assistant. While Dr. Morgan provides diagnosis, treatment and medication management, the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas provides information, direct assistance, social services, referrals, employment preparation and many more services to those diagnosed with epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a lifelong medical condition that is best treated in an outpatient clinic by physicians, like Dr. Morgan, who have specialized training in epilepsy. Without access to specialty care, patients have poor seizure control and are unable to drive, have difficulty holding jobs, and are at-risk for seizure-related sudden death.

The neurologists at the UT Health Science Center are part of the South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in San Antonio, which is nationally accredited for the treatment of epilepsy. The center is a partnership between the University Health System and the UT Health Science Center. The center received a Level 4 designation, which is the highest designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

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