Capital Health’s Neurosciences Network Expands, Welcomes Raritan Bay Medical Center, Middlesex County, NJ

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Capital Health today 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.

Capital Health today 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.

About Capital Institute for Neurosciences:
Capital Health’s Capital Institute for Neurosciences serves as a regional referral center for complex cases that require specialized neurologic and neurosurgical care unavailable at other area hospitals. It will become an extension of Raritan Bay’s neuroscience capabilities providing neurologic and neurosurgical care, consultative and interdisciplinary evaluation services, advanced diagnostic testing, complex neurosurgical care and access to clinical trials taking place at Capital Health.

The Institute treats more patients requiring brain surgery – and more aneurysms – than any other hospital in New Jersey. More than 80 emergency departments throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania depend on Capital Health to provide a higher level of care to patients suffering from complex brain conditions that require very specialized care and treatment. In fact, Capital Health was one of only 8 hospitals in the U.S. recently recognized by the Joint Commission as a 2011 Top Performer for Stroke, the only hospital to gain this recognition in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware.

The Capital Institute for Neurosciences offers a unique 24/7 one-call transfer process enabling direct communication between emergency room physicians and the Institute’s neurosurgeons. This expedites the process of obtaining an immediate neurosurgical consult and rapidly transferring patients, when appropriate, to a higher level of care with specially trained neurosurgeons and one of the East Coast’s largest dedicated Neurological Intensive Care Units.

About Raritan Bay Medical Center:
A New Jersey state-designated primary stroke center, RBMC is a recipient of the American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines® - Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award, recognizing the medical center’s success in implementing a high standard of stroke care and the American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines® – Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award, recognizing the optimal care of heart failure patients.

RBMC, with locations in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, is also one of less than seven percent of hospitals nationally to achieve re-designation as a Magnet Hospital, recognizing nursing excellence, and is a three time recipient of the New Jersey Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield patient care quality award. Most recently the medical center scored in New Jersey’s top 10 percent in care for pneumonia and heart failure, and in Middlesex County; scored number one in surgical care and among the best in care for heart attack according to the 2011 New Jersey Hospital Performance Report.

The hospital’s Human Motion Institute is devoted to providing superior outcomes and patient satisfaction in all areas of musculoskeletal treatment, and its Institute for Weight Loss at Old Bridge provides individualized medical and surgical weight loss options and support services. RBMC has several other specialty services including the Center for Wound Healing, Center for Sleep Medicine, Center for Women, Center for Balance and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy programs. RBMC’s Medical Pavilion at Woodbridge provides urgent care services without an appointment 365 days a year, an obstetrics and gynecology physician practice and outpatient physical therapy services. For more information about services, visit For a physician referral call 1-800-DOCTORS.

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