Capital Health Launches Neurosciences Network

April 7, 2011

South Jersey Healthcare First Network Hospital System

Trenton, NJ – Capital Health today announced the formation of the Capital Health Neurosciences Network, a collaborative group of participating health care facilities with whom Capital Health will work to continually improve the availability of advanced diagnostics and treatment for patients throughout the region with neurological disorders. The health system also announced that South Jersey Healthcare, located in Cumberland County, has joined the network as its inaugural member.

Member hospitals will work closely with Capital Health and its Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey to provide neurologic care at the local level that allows patients to remain close to home for care except for cases where very specialized care is required and where a transfer to Capital Health is warranted.

The network is an extension of Capital Health’s regional status as a premier referral center for some of the most critical patients suffering from conditions such as stroke, aneurysm, and other cerebrovascular emergencies.

“The goal here is to help hospitals throughout the region provide care for patients with brain and spine conditions and to serve as a resource for more complex cases that require the expertise that a hospital that specializes in neurosciences can provide,” said Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, director of Neurosciences and Endovascular & Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery, Capital Health. “This is truly a partnership that is all about what is best for patients. For the patients we deal with time can be the enemy and having excellent front line care such as the care offered at a well-trained and educated local hospital coupled with the resources of a specialized neurosciences tertiary care facility, is essential.”

“For the last two years we have worked closely with the team at the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey and becoming part of its neurosciences network was a natural extension of that relationship,” said Chet Kaletkowski, President and CEO, South Jersey Healthcare. “We are excited to partner with Capital Health, a leading provider of the most advanced stroke care available in the state and surrounding areas. This partnership allows us to provide our patients with outstanding stroke care here in our community and with the support of Capital Health when it’s needed.”

As part of the agreement with South Jersey Healthcare, Capital Health will work with the hospital system to serve as a comprehensive clinical subspecialty, research and educational resource to South Jersey Healthcare and will work closely with them and their physicians to allow patients to remain in their community for treatment as long as medically appropriate. This will include providing SJH with specialty training and educational opportunities.

Capital Health’s SCVCNJ serves as a regional referral center for complex cases that require specialized neurologic and neurosurgical care unavailable at other area hospitals and will be an extension of South Jersey Healthcare’s neuroscience program, providing neurologic and neurosurgical care, consultative and interdisciplinary evaluation services, advanced diagnostic testing, complex neurosurgical care and access to clinical trials taking place at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Emergency departments from around central and southern New Jersey depend on Capital Health to provide a higher level of care to patients suffering from complex brain conditions that require very specialized care and treatment. For instance, patients who enter a hospital through the emergency department and are not candidates for, or are unresponsive to pharmacologic stroke treatments, may be candidates for intra-arterial therapies, such as mechanical thrombolytics, offered at Capital Health and may benefit from being transferred. Capital Health offers a unique one-call transfer process that gets patients to its Regional Medical Center and under the direct care of specially trained neurosurgeons and intensive care team members more rapidly.

About Capital Health

Capital Health is a regional leader in advanced medicine, with significant investments in advanced technologies and experienced physicians. Comprised of two hospitals, Capital Health Regional Medical Center and Capital Health - Mercer, in Trenton, N.J., Capital Health has twice received Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. Capital Health is a growing healthcare organization with construction underway for a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Hopewell Township, N.J. and significant expansion of services at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, both scheduled to be completed later this year.

Capital Health Regional Medical Center is a state designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, which establishes the hospital as a leader in providing advanced care for patients suffering from stroke. Capital Health has also received certification from The Joint Commission - the gold standard for stroke care. Capital Health is home of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey, which gives the hospital an even greater ability to treat the most critical cerebrovascular patients utilizing the most advanced technologies and treatments. The hospital offers one of only a handful of neurosurgical intensive care units in the state and it recently opened the country’s first Center for Neurologic Emergency Medicine, a dedicated emergency program for patients requiring emergency care involving the brain, spine or central nervous system.

About South Jersey Healthcare

South Jersey Healthcare (SJH) is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents. Please visit www.sjhealthcare.net to learn more.

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