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PADRECC Southeast is a Multidisciplinary Movement Disorders Clinic (804) 675-5931 or toll-free (800) 784-8381 ext 5931
Our goal is to provide individualized and comprehensive care to veterans and their families with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Because of the progressive nature of these diseases and the wide clinical variability among patients, a multidisciplinary approach is the best approach in managing the symptoms. Innovative strategies and treatment interventions are used to improve functional ability and life satisfaction. Services include: physician consultation, nursing services, multidisciplinary assessment and treatment, medical management, surgical interventions, neuropsychological service, physical, occupational and speech therapy, caregiver resources, educational materials, community education programs, and support groups.
The PADRECC Clinic staff includes: Movement Disorder Specialists (a Neurologist Doctor with extra training in Movement Disorders), a Neurosurgeon, a Neuropsychologist, a Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Doctor), Registered Nurses (in Clinical, Neurosurgical, and Education roles), an Administrative Officer, a Program Support Assistant, and a Research Assistant. Referrals are made to Allied Health Professionals such as Social Workers, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists, and Dieticians as needed.
- An IFC (inter-facility consult) from the referring VAMC or CBOC is required for all PADRECC evaluations.
- Travel reimbursement for a Veteran who is referred to PADRECC Southeast is the responsibility of the referring VAMC or CBOC. For details about Travel Guidelines click here
- Telemedicine Clinic - PADRECC offers a telemedicine clinic involving telecommunication technology to bring medical care to patients and families at distant or rural locations from Richmond, minimizing the burden of travel to the SE/Richmond PADRECC. The consultation or visit takes place through a live, interactive link between the remote site (VAMC site where the patient is enrolled) and VAMC Richmond. These appointments are arranged by calling the main clinic number above.
- Surgery - Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) - PADRECC services and continuing care include: evaluation of patients for diagnosis and recommendations for medical treatment, evaluation for DBS, DBS surgery with or without post-operative follow-up care, and programming. PADRECC contact for more information: Miriam Hirsch, MS, RN, Neurosurgical Nurse at (804) 675-6284.
- "DBS Fact Sheet - Referral for Surgery at PADECC Southeast" (an 8 page booklet) for answers to questions such as: How to make a referral? When is it time to consider DBS surgery? Who makes a good candidate? and more.
- A Frameless Approach to DBS
- VA-NIH Study offers Hope for Parkinson's Patients click for VA News Release