Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 3, 2022

18 By Kristina Orrego Kootenai Clinic Neurology’s commitment and advanced approach to treating patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has earned it the designation of being a Center for Comprehensive MS Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care Program. The National MS Society is at the forefront of cutting-edge MS research—driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing services designed to help people with MS and their families thrive. Ateameffort This recognition is a direct result of the efforts of Multiple Sclerosis Clinic Director Nina Bozinov, M.D., MS, and her experienced team. Together they have consistently demonstrated the wealth of knowledge and attention to detail needed to treat people living with MS. “This is the highest designation for an MS center, and it emphasizes the collaborative team approach to MS care,” Dr. Bozinov said. “It has truly been a team effort to build our MS center, and we continue to strive to make improvements in our patient care every day.” Kootenai Clinic Neurology is the only recognized Center for Comprehensive MS Care in Idaho and the only one located between Billings, Montana, and Seattle, Washington. The center’s presence is even more vital, as there is a higher incidence of MS patients in the Inland Northwest. “This recognition is a testament to the collaboration of our multidisciplinary team. Our physician and nurses who specialize in MS care work alongside pharmacists, rehab specialists and our lab to ensure comprehensive care for our patients,” said John Weinsheim, executive vice president of Kootenai Clinic. Easing lifewithMS National MS Society President Melissa Mathews also spoke to the center’s outstanding work within our region on behalf of their organization. “We are proud to partner with Kootenai Clinic Neurology to enhance coordinated, comprehensive care for the people who live with MS in northern Idaho and its surrounding areas. In earning this recognition, Kootenai Clinic Neurology has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in MS care, making a tremendous impact on the nearly 1 million people living with MS in our country,” Mathews said. Need a referral to Kootenai Clinic Neurology? Talk to your primary care provider. More information is available at KH.org/neurology/multiple -sclerosis. To learn more about MS and the National MS Society, visit nationalMSsociety.org. Extraordinary Leadership in MSCare Kootenai Health has achieved a Center for Comprehensive MS Care designation—the only recognized center in Idaho The Kootenai Clinic Neurology team are (front row): Kaysha Padilla, CMA; Nina Bozinov, M.D., MS; Autumn Ramsrud, PharmD, CSP, MSCS; Cindy Smith, PharmD, CSP; (back row): Kaeli Newbold, RN, BSN, MSCS; Katie Gwin, RN, BSN, MSCS; Tyler Cress, PharmD, MSCS; and Angie Critchfield, CPhT