Lancaster General Health’s new Neuroscience Institute will offer a full spectrum of care -- from diagnosis and medical management to recovery -- all in one location.
Providers at the 22,000-square-foot institute, expected to open this fall on the second floor of 2150 Harrisburg Pike, will collaborate to treat patients with neurologic concerns ranging from stroke and movement disorders to memory issues, concussion and headache.
Timothy C. Martin, D.O., Ph.D.
Jon E. Bentz, Ph.D.
Timothy C. Martin, D.O., Ph.D., Managing Physician, Lancaster General Health Physicians Neurology, said an interdisciplinary team of physicians and therapists with wide-ranging expertise will practice side by side to offer a variety of services, increasing care coordination and convenience for patients.
“There is nothing like this in Central Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Martin, also Lancaster General Hospital Division Chief, Neurology.
“Practicing in such close proximity will enable us to communicate more frequently and ask better questions. There are many benefits to referring a patient to a team member who is located down the hall instead of miles away.”
Jon E. Bentz, Ph.D., LG Health Physicians Neuropsychology, said the institute’s collaborative approach to care will especially benefit patients with complicated conditions, such as head injury and persistent post-concussion syndrome, which have both physical and psychosocial manifestations that impact many areas of daily life.
“Our specialists will work together to leverage their individual expertise and develop a plan of care,” he said. “This allows us to accelerate recovery for our patients.”
The institute’s services will include neurology, electro-diagnostics, neuropsychology, Alzheimer’s and Memory Care, physiatry and outpatient rehabilitation provided by therapists with advanced training in neurological care. A headache clinic is also in development.
Opening the institute will enable LG Health to bolster existing services, including a robust stroke recovery program that will emphasize smooth handoffs and continuity of care from inpatient to rehab and outpatient settings.
Additional specialty programs will focus on dizziness and balance issues, spinal cord injuries, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, post-concussion syndrome and headache.
The institute also will offer educational programs and support groups. Teleconferencing capabilities will increase collaboration with Penn Medicine, including discussion of diagnosis and treatment options and increased opportunities to participate in clinical trials.
The institute’s comprehensive rehabilitation program will include physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and nurse and social-work case managers. Unique features will include a robotic ZeroG Gait and Balance System that provides dynamic support as patients practice safe standing and walking without the fear of falling.
The institute’s staff will be available to answer referring providers’ questions, direct to appropriate resources and serve as consultants, as needed. Updated information on a patient’s care plan and progress will be readily available to referring providers via Epic.
Brad Stevens, LG Health Executive Director, Neuroscience and Orthopedics, said the institute is part of a long-term plan to grow the Neuroscience service line to address regional care needs. Future plans include the possible expansion of services to satellite locations.
“This space gives us the ability to grow,” he said. “We expect to continue recruiting neurologists and other specialists to meet the demand for neurologic care in our community.”