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The Sturge-Weber Foundation Announces New Clinical Care Network


July 11, 2017

The Sturge-Weber Foundation (SWF) proudly announces its new Clinical Care Network (CCN) which will replace the former SWF Centers of Excellence. SWF has experienced an overwhelming interest from medical centers in collaboration for treatment and research of SWS and Port Wine Birthmark conditions. Currently, the SWF Centers of Excellences has grown to 23 national centers and 9 international centers, with additional centers currently in the application process. Due to this rapid increase in centers, the Foundation’s Board decided to acknowledge this group of centers as a network for clinical care, resulting in the SWF Clinical Care Network.

The Clinical Care Network (CCN) will provide the comprehensive care necessary for treating adults and children who have a port wine (PW) birthmark, Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) or Klippel-Trenaunay (KT). Each Center within the network is staffed by a team of specialists who collaborate in the evaluation and management of each patient. This team approach ensures the individual’s treatment plan is carefully developed and coordinated.
“The SWF recognizes the collaborative care received at the centers within the network plays a key role in improving the quality and care of life for individuals living with port wine birthmark conditions. Together patients, dedicated physicians and the SWF will increase the pace of discovery,” stated Karen L. Ball, Founder and CEO of the Sturge-Weber Foundation.

To follow is a list of national centers in the SWF Clinical Care Network:

• Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
• Boston’s Children’s Hospital – Boston, MA
• Centro Medico de Puerto Rico – San Juan, PR
• Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
• Cook’s Children’s Medical Center – Ft Worth, TX
• Dell Children’s Medical Center – Austin, TX
• Detroit Children’s Hospital – Detroit, MI
• Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida
• Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona
• Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
• NYU – Langone Medical Center – New York, NY
• Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Columbus, OH
• Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children – Wilmington, DE
• Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group – Hackensack, NJ
• Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, CA
• Seattle Children’s Hospital – Seattle, WA
• Texas Children’s Hospital Seattle, WA
• UNC Children’s Hospital – Chapel Hill, NC
• University of California in Irvine, CA
• University of California in San Francisco, CA
• University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center
• University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital – Ann Arbor, MI
• Wills Eye Hospital – Philadelphia, PA

The Sturge-Weber Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that works to provide service and assistance to patients and families that live with SWS and other Port Wine Birthmark conditions. The Foundation is the driving force in raising funds for research, new treatments and awareness for these conditions. To find out more about SWF, visit our website at:

Media Contact Details
Susan Finnell, The Sturge-Weber Foundation
Houston, United States

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