Jefferson Health Northeast

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Neuroscience

Neurosciences

Advanced, convenient neurosurgical and neurological care can be found where you are: in Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County. As a part of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience, our physicians are highly trained, skilled medical professionals who are passionate about providing the best in quality care in a convenient location near you.

Our physicians and neurosurgeons actively treat conditions including:

  • Spinal trauma
  • Cranial cases for tumors
  • Degenerative spine disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Carotid vascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Hemorrhages
  • Hydrocephalus and head trauma
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Anterior and posterior cervical spine surgery
  • Reconstructive spine surgery
  • Spinal decompression surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spine work including discectomy, tumor, stabilization problems, and peripheral nerve work
  • General cranial neurosurgical conditions
  • Procedures for pain management

CT scanners, MRI and MRA capabilities, myelography, discography, angiography, stereotactic localization, intracranial pressure monitoring and EEG monitoring are used in the evaluation and treatment of patients.

All three hospital campuses have intensive care units, step-down units, short procedure units, and physical therapy. The Frankford and Bucks County campuses offer rehabilitation units.

Proud to Offer Advanced Primary Stroke Care

We are proud to offer a high-quality, dedicated stroke program, committed to the highest level of care for our stroke patients. Our experts in these areas work together in a multi-specialty, cross-disciplinary team to give stroke patients the most comprehensive care. Our stroke team strives to:

  • minimize the temporary and long-term effects of stroke
  • take all medical steps needed to prevent additional strokes
  • deliver immediate follow-up care to return function and to assist patients in dealing with any compromised function

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recognized our organization with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Our Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

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A "Lifesaver on Wheels": The Mobile Stroke Unit

In addition to a comprehensive offering of hospital neuroscience services, Jefferson Health and the Bensalem Rescue Squad are proud to serve residents of Bensalem, Bristol Township, and Bristol Borough with the Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU). The MSU is the region’s first university-based, high-tech Mobile Stroke Unit. It works with emergency medical services, Jefferson Expert Telestroke (JET) physician team, and medical command physicians in the county.

The MSU is equipped with telemedicine capability, CT scanner and certified personnel—a “Brain Rescue Team”—who are trained to assess, test and treat patients in the field before they are transported to the emergency department, shaving precious minutes or hours off treatment time.

Thrombectomy Program at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital

This program allows Jefferson Torresdale Hospital to evaluate patients and perform endovascular thrombectomy (retrieval of a blood clot from a blood vessel in the brain) and providing effective post-procedural care. This means university-level thrombectomy treatment and care, which will have a significant impact for victims of ischemic stroke in our community.vThe program is led by M. Reid Gooch, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson.