Kaye Gooch (left), Executive Vice President, and Kristina Fransel McGraw (right), Greater Carolinas Chapter President recognized Dr. Mary Hughes of Premier Neurology.

Dr. Hughes recognized as a Partner in MS care

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Dr. Mary Hughes of Premier Neurology in Greer is part of the first practice in South Carolina to receive the “Partners in MS Care – Neurologic” designation by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“It’s really setting a bar,” Hughes said. “In order to have this designation, we have met the criteria and been reviewed by a committee of peers who all have a special interest and expertise in MS. It’s always very gratifying when your peers recognize the level of care that you provide.”

Last Thursday, representatives from the Greater Carolinas Chapter presented a certificate to Hughes at the offices of Premier Neurology, located at 420 The Parkway North, Greer.

“We’re very excited,” said Kaye Gooch, Executive Vice President. “She’s just been a long-time supporter of people with multiple sclerosis and a long-time supporter of the chapter.”

Hughes opened her current practice a little over a year ago after having worked in the health systems for seven years and started a MS center in Georgia, she said. “I have a very personal connection to multiple sclerosis. My sister was diagnosed almost 20 years ago now.”

“I’ve lived the journey that many people who live with multiple sclerosis have faced,” Hughes continued. “There’s nothing like being the family neurologist to get yourself real interested.”

As part of the designation, Hughes’ practice underwent a review, looking at evidenced based medicine, a comprehensive care panel, wellness and more.

“This is really a very exciting time,” Hughes said. “Treatment options continue to grow.

“People don’t choose whether they have MS, but I think they can choose how they are going to live with it,” Hughes continued. “Finding the partnerships and providing those tools that they can live their best lives despite the fact that they have MS [is] very empowering. That’s what we really take a lot of pride and joy in.”

One other recipient, located in North Carolina, has received this designation, which means that the practice has current knowledge and expertise about MS diagnosis and care, refers patients to a variety of providers to help manage their disease, and are active with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“The care of people living with multiple sclerosis has become increasingly complex,” Hughes said. “The National MS Society has made a commitment to people living with MS to be able to give them some guidance.”

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