Capital Health Regional Medical Center Opens Country’s First Dedicated Neuro Emergency Department


February 10, 2011

Trenton, NJ – Sending a clear signal of its ongoing commitment to innovative, forward thinking neurologic care, Capital Health has launched a dedicated neuro emergency department for conditions involving the brain, spine and central nervous system at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

“Over the last two years we have looked at how we can take the level of neurological care available in the region to the next level,” said Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, director of Neurosciences and Endovascular & Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery, Capital Health. “The commitment of resources continues with this program which addresses the unique needs of patients with neurologic conditions.”

“At Capital Health our commitment to rapid assessment of symptoms and quick diagnosis allows our medical teams to more quickly determine and administer the most appropriate treatment approach. This approach has been used in cardiac care and it can also be valuable in neurologic care given the time sensitivity in dealing with some neurologic conditions,” said Veznedaroglu.

The new dedicated emergency program, the Center for Neurologic Emergency Medicine, is led by Dr. Michael D’Ambrosio, director, neurological emergency department, under the direction of Dr. Veznedaroglu. Most recently, Dr. D’Ambrosio was medical director for the stroke program at Kennedy Health System in South Jersey. Dr. D’Ambrosio is uniquely board certified in both emergency medicine and neurology. This dual certification is a rare combination of expertise that brings together the skills necessary to rapidly assess, diagnose and treat neuro emergencies. The new program is also benefiting from the expertise of the director of neurology for the Capital Health Institute for Neurosciences, neurologist, Dr. Mitch Rubin.

The Center for Neurologic Emergency Medicine will see patients who present at the emergency room at Regional Medical Center with symptoms or complaints that are neurologic in nature. These symptoms or conditions can include head or spine trauma or injury, change in mental status, vision problems, vertigo, numbness, headaches, and seizures among a multitude of other disturbances that may indicate a neurologically focused emergency.

As a comprehensive stroke center, and home to the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of NJ, Capital Health offers 24 hour a day/7 day a week advanced care for patients with strokes and other cerebrovascular emergencies. This includes inpatient neurosciences units for both intensive and intermediate care, neuro-imaging and laboratory services, advanced diagnostics including CT perfusion and cerebral angiography, the latest in neurosurgical techniques and access to research in the area of neurovascular care.

Capital Health has significantly advanced the level of care available in New Jersey for patients in the area of neurosciences in the past two years. Since the opening of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of NJ, patients from dozens of hospitals have been transferred to Capital Health for advanced care for conditions ranging from acute stroke, aneurysm, AVMs, tumors and other cerebrovascular emergencies.

Capital Health neurosurgeons are consistently among the first to trial investigational devices to treat cerebrovascular diseases including stroke. Recently, Capital Health became the first hospital in the country to use TREVO®, an investigational device used to remove blood clots in acute ischemic patients. Capital Health was also the first hospital in Southern/Central New Jersey and the Philadelphia region to treat a patient using Solitaire™ , another experimental clot removal device.

Capital Health Regional Medical Center is a state designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and both of the hospital’s campuses have received advanced certification in the area of stroke by the Joint Commission. The hospital is also engaged in numerous research trials to improve the treatments and diagnostics available for patients with cerebrovascular conditions such as stroke and aneurysms.

The Capital Health Institute for Neurosciences also offers long-term EEG monitoring for patients with seizures 7 days a week and advanced, minimally invasive spine surgery for patients suffering from complex spinal injury or disease, and CyberKnife a non-invasive treatment approach for cancer.
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