History of The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio
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About The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio
The roots of the Epilepsy Center started with a small group of parents concerned with their children having epilepsy. They formed a support group that started to meet on the campus of what was then known as MCO (now known as UTMC).
They incorporated in June, 1977 as The Epilepsy Association Center of Northwestern Ohio, now known as “The Epilepsy Center”. The Center’s goals were to promote, support, and encourage activities for the prevention and the treatment of epilepsy, to educate the general public about epilepsy to eradicate misconceptions, to promote economic opportunities for people with epilepsy, and to provide programs, activities, and support for people with epilepsy.
We have seen many changes over the years and have been blessed to be able to continue to provide quality services in our communities. We have grown to see the inclusion of people who have developmental disabilities in our residential program. Our residential program has grown to see the development of an Adult Day Services Program that includes non-medical transportation. We are offering new programs for the community starting in February, 2013 and we continue to offer free educational programs through our Living with Epilepsy series.
Statistics show that 1 in 10 people will have some type of seizure in their lifetime. Some may have only one mild seizure that they never knew they had. Others will have seizures that reoccur—epilepsy—and will need support, education, and understanding to help them achieve their highest quality of life.
We are proud to be able to serve those with epilepsy and those with developmental disabilities and their families and friends. The work we do at The Center is not “just a job”, it is an opportunity for us to “fulfill a vocation”. While we aim to enrich the lives of others, they, too, are enriching our lives.
Funding for programs and services outside of the residential stream are obtained through our fundraising events—The PGT (Practically a Golf Tournament) and our Annual Celebration—and through general contributions to The Center. Please remember The Epilepsy Center when you decide on your charity giving as we continue to live our mission.
Roy Cherry, Executive Director
Wendy Bejaige, Associate Director
Jocelyn Sugg, Program Director
Betty Lopez Hartman, Office Mgr/Marketing Coordinator
Karen Diaz, Information Specialist
Jennifer Cox, Program Director/QIDP
Gil Seeburger, Health Services Coordinator
Faron Garvey, Residential Coordinator
Olga Ruiz, Residential Coordinator
Melissa Brinkman, Finance Coordinator
Laurie Beaverson, Payee Services
Bruce Bansbach, Accounts Payable
The Mission of the Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio is to improve the lives of people affected by epilepsy and those with developmental disabilities.
People with epilepsy and those with developmental disabilities will attain the highest quality of life and gain full acceptance and understanding from the community.