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MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center Only Orange County Hospital Named Center of Excellence for Obstetrical AnesthesiaMemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center is one of only 39 hospitals nationwide and the only one in Orange County designated by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology as a Center of Excellence. The award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate excellent obstetric anesthesia services through high-quality patient care. In selecting Center of Excellence recipients, a comprehensive assessment is performed of best practices in clinical care, leadership, personnel, staffing, equipment, management of labor and Cesarean deliveries, national guideline compliance, safety protocols, ongoing education, evidence-based care and continuous quality improvement. "The ability to meet stringent qualifications as a Center of Excellence designated by leaders in obstetrical anesthesia sets the Women's Hospital at Saddleback Medical Center apart in the care provided to expectant mothers and their families," said Marcia Manker, CEO, MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. "Many of the over 70 criteria required for award designation focus on the multi-disciplinary team-based approach to patient care that has been the hallmark of our exceptional obstetrical team that offers extraordinary care and the highest level of quality, safety and comfort," said Stephen Garber, MD, Saddleback Medical Center obstetric anesthesiologist who led the hospital's assessment efforts. "While the Center of Excellence award focuses on obstetric anesthesia, it reflects the total efforts of our entire Women's Hospital team of obstetricians as well as perinatologists specializing in high-risk pregnancies, neonatologists specializing in caring for premature infants, and our remarkable nurses, social workers, pharmacists, support staff and so many others." 

Daniel Truong, MD, Re-elected President of the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders | Daniel Truong, MD, medical director and founder of the Parkinson's and Movement Disorder Institute at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center, was recently re-elected president of the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (IAPRD) at the XXIV World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders in Montreal, Canada. During his previous four-year term as president, Dr. Truong changed the Biannual World Congress in Parkinsonism and Related Disorders to an annual event. In his next presidential term, Dr. Truong will focus his efforts on expanding the association’s membership to include neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and allied health professionals. Sixty years ago, the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders was established by the World Federation of Neurology Research Group to promote and monitor research developments, as well as to foster communication among neuroscientists in the field. Today, the association is an international professional association of clinicians, scientists and other healthcare professionals who are interested in neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson‘s disease, secondary Parkinsonism, hyperkinetic and hypokinetic movement disorders, and more generally any disorder affecting muscle tone and motor control. The IAPRD comprises associate members, full members and honorary members. “I am honored and humbled to be elected IAPRD’s president,” said Dr. Truong. “Together, my fellow members and I can continue to maximize this international platform to engage in productive discussions and lively debates about the latest clinical research efforts, findings and initiatives that can hopefully bring us one step closer to improving the lives of those patients afflicted by Parkinson’s and movement disorders.” Dr. Truong has conducted extensive research in Parkinson disease and is the author and co-author of over 160 scientific articles and book chapters. He has published six books, one of which has been translated into many languages, and has lectured in over 20 countries. Dr. Truong is the editor in chief of the journal Clinical Parkinsonism and Related Disorders and serves as associate editor for various medical Journals. He was the founder of the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA), for which he served as chairman of the medical advisory board from 1990 to 1997.

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