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John Muir Health’s Neurosciences Institute offers clinical expertise in a variety of areas, including:
Trauma Services/Transfer Center
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek is Contra Costa County’s only designated Level II Trauma Center. Our comprehensive approach to treating critically injured patients includes well-defined trauma policies and procedures, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) protocol, and 24-hour availability of trauma surgeons, intensive care units, medical imaging, laboratory and respiratory care.
Our comprehensive neurosurgery services include diagnostic and surgical treatment of adult brain tumors, spinal disease and trauma. Neurosurgeons are available 24/7 and support both Trauma Services and the Transfer Center. Our integrated services include outpatient consultation, a Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Program, a dedicated ICU staffed with certified critical care nurses, a neurologic step-down unit (NCOR-neurologic constant observation rooms), and operating rooms staffed with specialists trained in image-guided stereotactic surgery and other advanced technologies.
Neurosurgeons with advanced spine training work closely with neuroradiologists and experienced neurosurgical operating room and nursing teams, utilizing the newest technology to provide the most advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical techniques available. The Neuro-Spine Program offers minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS).
Neurologists diagnose and treat patients with neurological disorders such as stroke, dementia, movement disorders, headaches, dizziness/vertigo, seizures/epilepsy, brain tumors, brain injury and multiple sclerosis. They also offer 24/7 consultation for emergency treatment.
Stroke Centers of Excellence
Stroke patients are cared for in dedicated stroke care units under the supervision of a multidisciplinary stroke team headed by neurologists. To ensure patients receive rapid stroke assessment and treatment that can significantly improve outcomes, we adhere to strict national standards and guidelines.
Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology
Working closely with neurosurgery and neurology specialists, our team of interventional neuroradiologists utilize bi-plane, high-resolution, 3-D image processing technology for safer, faster, more effective treatment of neurovascular abnormalities. Our diagnostic neuroradiologists have ready access to 3.0 Tesla MRI, functional MRI (fMRI) and a 64-slice CT scanner. John Muir Health’s Medical Imaging Services are accredited by the American College of Radiology in ultrasound, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, mammography and MRI.
Neuro-Oncology and Brain Tumor Programs
Our Neuro-Oncology Program brings together clinical experts in neurosurgery, neuropsychology, radiation oncology and medical oncology for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Our Brain Tumor Program offers evaluation and treatment of benign and malignant tumors by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery Center
Our Neurosciences Institute and Cancer Institute collaborate in the delivery of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). A transdisciplinary team works together to provide individualized treatment to patients with brain and spinal tumors that cannot be resected through traditional surgical interventions.
Rehabilitation Services is staffed with licensed professionals trained in brain injury management and follows a comprehensive, personalized and interdisciplinary approach to the rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders. We also offer outpatient treatment involving physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology and neuropsychology.
Brain Injury Program/Neuropsychology
Our nationally recognized Brain Injury Program features specialty-trained neuropsychologists with expertise in the assessment of neurologically impaired patients, including functional MRI (fMRI), preneurosurgical assessments and management of brain-injured patients.
Mild Cognitive Impairment/Dementia Program
Neurosciences through neuropsychology/neurology and John Muir Health’s Senior Services collaborate to provide evaluation, assessment and treatment of dementia. The program also includes education and referral, case management consultation, neuropsychological assessment and neuro- rehabilitation services.