Capital Health Welcomes Lower Bucks Hospital to Its Neurosciences Network

June 22, 2011


Trenton, NJ–Capital Health today announced that Lower Bucks Hospital has joined 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 hospital joins South Jersey Healthcare, located in Cumberland County, which joined the network as its inaugural member earlier this year.

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.”

“Lower Bucks Hospital is excited to partner with Capital Health Neurosciences Network in Pennsylvania.” said Albert Mezzaroba President and CEO, Lower Bucks Hospital “The collaboration will bring advanced neuroscience services to our community. Partnering with Capital Health Neurosciences Network is another way we are enhancing the high quality of care at Lower Bucks Hospital.”

As part of the agreement with Lower Bucks, Capital Health will work with the hospital to serve as a comprehensive clinical subspecialty, research and educational resource to Lower Bucks 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 Lower Bucks 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 and Bucks County 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.

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