PERTH AMBOY — Capital Health recently announced that Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) has joined the Capital Institute for 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 with neurological disorders. RBMC’s two hospitals, located in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge, represents an expansion northward of the Institute’s formal network.
Member hospitals work closely with Capital Health and its Institute for Neurosciences to provide neurologic care at the local level allowing patients to remain close to home, except those cases requiring specialized care where a transfer to Capital Health is medically 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, as well as brain and spine tumors.
“The goal 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 requiring the expertise only a hospital that specializes in neurosciences can provide,” said Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, chairman, Department of Neurosurgery and director, Capital Institute for Neurosciences at Capital Health. “These are truly partnerships focused solely on what is best for patients. For the patients we deal with, time can be the enemy. Having excellent front line care offered at a well-trained and educated local hospital, coupled with the resources of a specialized neurosciences tertiary care facility, is essential.”
An integral part of RBMC’s network relationship with Capital Health is the provision of teleneurology services enabling emergency physicians, on the front line when patients with neurologic emergencies first arrive at the hospital, to consult with specially trained neurologists to diagnose and develop treatment plans for neurologic emergencies such as stroke. This service, provided by an independent company focused solely on telemedicine, makes stroke-trained neurologists available 24/7 within 15 minutes to RBMC via specialized equipment.
Physicians at either Raritan Bay Medical Center location can initiate the teleneurology service by requesting a neurologist on call. The neurologist then consults with the physician, examines the patient in detail and communicates with the family electronically through two-way videoconferencing. At the same time, the patient’s vital signs are being monitored and any imaging studies, such as CT Scans, can be immediately reviewed. The neurologist then provides a clinical assessment and works with the emergency physician to determine a treatment plan enabling the hospital to begin treatment much more quickly. At this point, a determination is made regarding whether the patient should remain locally at RBMC or should be transferred for a higher level of care.
“Our new partnership with Capital Health augments our ability to quickly and efficiently provide the best care and treatment plans for our patients during a neurologic emergency,” said Dr. Michael Ciencewicki, senior vice president, medical affairs, RBMC. “Our patients can rest assured that Raritan Bay Medical Center provides comprehensive, high-quality healthcare services, and when appropriate and through partnerships like this, provides timely access to leaders in clinical specialties where advanced treatments can be given.”
As part of the agreement, Capital Health will work closely with the hospital and their physicians to serve as a comprehensive clinical subspecialty, research and educational resource enabling patients to remain in their community for treatment as long as medically appropriate. This includes providing Raritan Bay Medical Center with specialty training and educational opportunities.
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