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Collaboration Advances Neuroscience Care Throughout the Region
PHILADELPHIA - The Chester County Hospital has joined the Jefferson Neuroscience Network (JNN). Through this collaboration, Jefferson and the Chester County Hospital will provide some of the most sophisticated care and expertise available to patients with time-sensitive neurovascular diseases. By joining JNN, Chester County Hospital offers patients access to the resources of Jefferson's comprehensive stroke center, including community education programs, leading edge clinical trials and advanced protocols for the detection and treatment of stroke and other neuroscience disorders.
'Time is Brain'
'Time is brain' is the credo among healthcare professionals for diagnosing and treating time-sensitive neurovascular diseases, including arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), brain aneurysms and, especially, stroke. Certain drugs for stroke must be administered within 4.5 hours for best chance of functional recovery. Timely performance of neurological procedures to repair AVMs and aneurysms are similarly urgent.
"Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States but the leading cause of disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year," said Rodney Bell, M.D., neurologist and co-director of the Jefferson Stroke Center.
All Available Resources
"JNN was established to place all of our resources, among them, vascular neurologists, dual-trained neurosurgeons, advanced technology, leading clinical trials in which we partner with the National Institutes of Health, and community education on neuroscience issues, at the disposal of patients, their families and physicians of hospitals participating in the network.," said Robert H. Rosenwasser, M.D., Jewell L. Osterholm, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, and co-director of the Stroke Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
About Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience
Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience is the region's only dedicated hospital for neuroscience and leading, most experienced and comprehensive center for diagnosis and treatment of stroke and cerebrovascular disease. The Jefferson Acute Stroke Center is the largest such facility, with more board-certified neurocritical care physicians, neurovascular neurologists and dual-trained neurosurgeons than any other center in the Delaware Valley. It is also a Joint Commission-accredited primary stroke center.
Last Updated: 9/17/2012