Capital Institute for Neurosciences Receives Grants from Families to Support the Institute’s Mission and Families Touched by Complex Brain Disorders

Trenton, NJ (August 27, 2012) - The Capital Health Foundation has announced that two generous gifts have been received in support of Capital Health’s Capital Institute for Neurosciences. The financial gifts were made by the family of Alexander K. Buck, of Princeton, NJ, and Craig and Andrea Lewis, of Hamilton, NJ, who expressed a desire to support the Institute’s mission as well as the families of patients impacted by complex brain disorders.

“We are extremely grateful for the support that both of these donors have chosen to provide our institute,” said Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, director of the Capital Institute for Neurosciences and chairman for the Department of Neurosurgery at Capital Health. “Paramount for us is ensuring that we provide an extremely high level of care for patients who are, in most cases, dealing with life-threatening conditions. That is the best gift we can give our patients and their families.”

“We also clearly understand that educating our fellow healthcare professionals is a responsibility we have, given our leadership role in this clinical area, and we are constantly aware of the need to support the families more broadly,” Dr. Veznedaroglu continued. “These gifts allow us to further expand our efforts in these areas, and I am profoundly grateful for the generosity of those giving them.”

In appreciation of the care that their father and husband received from the physicians and clinical team at Capital Health, the family of Alexander K. Buck of Princeton, NJ is generously funding the Buck Family Physician Education and Community Outreach Fund for Neuroscience.

“The level of expertise and skill available at Capital Health for complex brain conditions was apparent from the time we entered the facility,” said Pete Buck, Mr. Buck’s son. “Our family recognizes the tremendous resource that this dedicated program is for our community, and we want others to know that this world-class neurosciences program is available right here in their backyards. We also have a great appreciation for the role time plays in treating many of these diseases and want to make sure that the education is available to those providing early intervention, so that members of our community have the best care they can receive, quickly.”

The education program funded by the Buck family grant will improve patient care and outcomes by providing physicians and first responders with the knowledge required to make time-sensitive decisions that can save lives. Neurosurgeons from the Capital Institute for Neurosciences and other appropriate medical personnel will educate physicians and first responders about the appropriate treatment for brain and spine injury patients. At the same time, education about the comprehensive capabilities that the Capital Institute for Neuroscience offers will be provided.

The second gift, from Craig Lewis and his wife Andrea, of Hamilton, NJ, will be utilized to establish the Craig and Andrea Lewis Neurosurgery Family Liaison position for the Institute, in appreciation of the care Mr. Lewis received, and continues to receive, at the Institute.

“When my husband had his stroke, everything changed in a matter of moments for us. We are extremely appreciative of the outstanding clinical care Craig received right here in our community,” said Andrea Lewis. “As we went through the process of diagnosis and treatment and then through the stages of recovery, I realized how important it is to have a dedicated infrastructure of support for the impacted families. It is our hope that this gift will provide an even greater level of comfort, emotional support and practical assistance as families navigate their way through these life-altering conditions.”

The full-time family liaison position, funded entirely by Mr. and Mrs. Lewis’ generous gift will be dedicated to establishing and maintaining a relationship with families of patients within the healthcare system’s neurosurgical intensive care, stroke, and intermediate care units. The challenges facing families of patients with emergency brain and spine-related injuries can be very overwhelming. With their lives changed literally overnight, the neurosurgery family liaison will work to assist these families during the length of the patient’s hospital stay.

Specifically, since the vast majority of the Institute’s patients are transferred in from other hospital systems, the liaison will act as a resource to initially orient the family to the broad range of services available at Capital Health, provide emotional support, assist with any required logistics (hotel, restaurant information, communications needs), and facilitate communications with the neurosciences team (neurosurgeons and other physicians, physician assistants, social workers, case managers).

About Capital Health

Capital Health’s neurosciences program serves as a regional referral source for dozens of hospitals, and thousands of patients have been transferred to the program since it launched three years ago. The Capital Institute for Neurosciences and the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of NJ, which both make their home at Capital Health, receive patients transferred from hospitals throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania and beyond.

Capital Health is a leading provider of the most sophisticated stroke and cerebrovascular care available. A Joint Commission accredited primary stroke center, Capital Health offers around the clock access to a highly specialized team trained in complex brain disorders and the most advanced procedures offered for the care of patients with a stroke, aneurysm, and brain tumors, among other conditions.

Capital Health Regional Medical Center is a state designated comprehensive stroke center, and the new Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell is a state designated primary stroke center. The hospital is consistently at the forefront of stroke care. Capital Health was the first hospital in the country to use the clot retrieval device, TREVO, recently approved by the FDA. Neurosurgeons at the hospital were also the first in southern and central New Jersey and the Philadelphia region to use Solitaire, another clot retrieval device which was recently approved by the FDA for stroke patients, during the device’s clinical trials.

The hospital offers one of only a handful of neurosurgical intensive care units in the state and last year opened the country’s first Center for Neurologic Emergency Medicine at its Regional Medical Center, a dedicated emergency program for patients requiring emergency care involving the brain, spine or central nervous system.

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