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Advancing Quality of Care: At Home and Around the Globe

Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, has a global perspective when it comes to providing quality, multi-disciplinary care. This is best represented by the Institute’s expansive global exchange program among neuroscience clinicians and researchers, spanning four continents. Every neurosurgical resident is given the opportunity to hone his or her skills abroad, and almost half choose to do so. The primary exchange program is with the Bureau of Public Health in Tianjin, China, a formal relationship that began in 2006. Through a grant funded by Integra Foundation, eight Penn State Hershey Medical Center faculty members have studied there, while thirty-four exchange students have learned alongside Penn State College of Medicine faculty.

The exchange program functions as part of a developing program to encourage collaboration between clinicians and researchers at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Tianjin’s largest hospitals. These reciprocal relationships enable providers to share best practices and advanced technology to improve patient outcomes. From a clinical standpoint, foreign physicians can gain experience with virtually every neurosurgical procedure that is currently performed at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. In the research arena, groundbreaking studies are being conducted through the Center for Neural Engineering and Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery laboratory. Research is ongoing in neurodegenerative disease, brain iron deficiency, brain tumors, epilepsy, and brain-machine interfaces. Physicians from the US and China also collaborate on clinical trials, mutually benefiting with shared data from their genetically disparate populations. Continue reading

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Penn State Hershey Medical Center Honored with Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and Stroke Honor Roll

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has recognized Penn State Hershey Medical Center for its high-level care of stroke patients. The Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for the sixth consecutive year by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

The award is the highest level of recognition available for treatment of patients with stroke and recognizes Penn State Hershey for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA/ASA for the treatment of stroke patients.

Penn State Hershey also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA.

Penn State Hershey is one of only seven Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Pennsylvania, the only one in Central Pennsylvania, and one of only seventy-eight in the country.

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Penn State Hershey named Comprehensive Stroke Center

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s designation as the only comprehensive stroke center in central Pennsylvania means that patients who require treatment beyond administration of the clot-busting tPA drug can get the care they need.

Several hospitals in the central Pennsylvania region have now become certified or primary stroke centers [see graphic for explanation on the differences between certifications].

Many hospitals have increased their rates of diagnosis and tPA administration as a result of a telemedicine partnership with Penn State Hershey.

Still, about a quarter of stroke patients need advanced interventions that only an academic or comprehensive stroke center like Penn State Hershey can provide.

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New Faculty

Cathy Adams, D.O. Cathy Adams, D.O., Neurologist
FELLOWSHIP: Vascular Neurology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2013
RESIDENCY: Neurology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2009-Present
LOCATION: Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, Hershey, PA
Marcus Keep, M.D. Marcus Keep, M.D., Neurosurgeon
RESIDENCY: Neurosurgery, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, 1994
LOCATION: Penn State Hershey Medical Group at St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, PA
Elias Rizk, M.D. Elias Rizk, M.D., M.Sc., Pediatric Neurosurgeon
FELLOWSHIP: Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, 2013
RESIDENCY: Neurology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2009-Present
SPECIALTY: Pediatric neurosurgery and peripheral nerve surgery
LOCATION: Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, Hershey, PA
Simon Scott, M.D. Scott Simon, M.D., Neurosurgeon
FELLOWSHIP: Endovascular Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2010
RESIDENCY: Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2010
RESIDENCY: General Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2004
SPECIALTY: Neurovascular disease
LOCATION: Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, Hershey, PA
Rychi Wanchoo, M.D. Ruchi Wanchoo, M.D., Neurologist
RESIDENCY: Neurology, University of Texas at Houston, 2010
RESIDENCY: Family Practice, University of Texas at Houston, 2007
SPECIALTY: General neurology and multiple sclerosis
LOCATION: Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, Hershey, PA

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