At the 2023 annual celebration, Mary Sedarous, MD, Medical Director of the ALS Center at Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, was honored by ALS United Mid-Atlantic with the organization’s Flame of Hope Award for research and innovation.
Dr. Sedarous is simply amazing. She possesses the perfect combination of extreme expertise and intelligence, compassion, and dedication to herself and the team’s mission in caring for people with ALS and their families. It was a great pleasure for us to honor Dr. Sedarous and the ALS Center at Jersey Shore with the Flame of Hope Award.“
Steve Spaulding, Director of Nursing Services, ALS United Mid-Atlantic
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, debilitating disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness and atrophy. ALS often leads to complete paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis.
In 2015, Dr. Sedarous and her team established a multidisciplinary ALS treatment center with the goal of providing high-quality care to people with this disease in Central and South New Jersey. Since its inception, Dr. Sedarous has been seeking ways to renew and expand her patient care and the research of the disease.
„As a national leader in the fight against ALS, I can’t imagine a better recipient for the Flame of Hope Award than Dr. Sedarous,“ said Alan Colicchio, MD, Chair of Neurology at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Medical Director. Neuroscience Care Transformation Service, Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Market. „Her team is advancing significant research related to supportive technology to optimize the quality of life for people with ALS and was the first center in New Jersey to offer Relyvrio, an FDA-approved ALS treatment, when it came on the market in 2022.“
The ALS Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center collaborates with ALS United Mid-Atlantic, the ALS Association, and the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS), facilitating the exchange of research findings and best care practices with the country’s leading ALS experts and clinics.
„Dr. Sedarous is so deserving of the Flame of Hope Award as she and the ALS Center team continue to pioneer clinical interventions and provide their patients with the latest medications,“ said Kenneth N. Sable, MD, MBA, FACEP, Regional President, Southern Market, Hackensack Meridian Health. „She is passionately committed to these patients and their families.“
The ALS Center is one of only two nationally certified Centers of Excellence for ALS treatment in New Jersey, as designated by the ALS Association. The center’s multidisciplinary team offers ALS patients the unique, comprehensive care they need.
„Dr. Sedarous and her team are now considered esteemed leaders in their field and staunch supporters of the ALS community,“ said Vito Buccellato, MPA, LNHA, President and Chief Hospital Executive of Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC). „I am extremely proud of their work, which gives hope to their patients with their tremendous dedication to fighting this deadly disease.“
Individuals can watch this video for more information about the ALS Center and Dr. Sedarous‘ efforts: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQjnywUKOP4.
The ALS Center is supported by the Joan Dancy and PALS Foundation, providing valuable feedback, training, and professional development to improve the care experience. It is located in the Dr. Robert H. Harris Neuroscience Treatment Center, which houses specialists for numerous neurological diseases and disorders. They offer diagnostic, medical, and surgical treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, epilepsy, and other movement disorders, pediatric neurology, headaches and migraines, sleep medicine, and neuro-oncology at JSUMC.
Neuroscience services also include the Center for Memory and Healthy Aging, the Center for Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery, the Center for Advanced Skull Base Surgery, the Craniofacial Center, which is certified by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, and a program of general neurosurgery spinal surgery.
Hackensack Meridian Health