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CMH neuroscience center provides leading-edge care for region (April 16, 2010)

The Center for Neuroscience at Calvert Memorial Hospital has opened its doors. The dedicated center offers comprehensive and coordinated care for a wide range of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions at the Calvert Medical Arts Center on the hospital's main campus.

"Now, with just one phone call to the Center for Neuroscience at Calvert Memorial Hospital you can access the most comprehensive neurological care in the region," said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis.

Multidisciplinary expertise
The center's multidisciplinary team combines the expertise of Chesapeake Neurology Associates, Georgetown University Hospital neurosurgeons and Physical and Pain Management Associates (PMPMA) to treat disorders of the brain, spine, peripheral nerves and muscles.

"This exciting new partnership offers our patients a level of convenience and continuity of care that is truly unique in a community setting," said Xinis.

"And the central location facilitates ongoing communication and collaboration that not only improves the quality of care especially with more complicated cases," Xinis added, "but also makes it easier for patients to access the services they need."

"I cannot emphasize enough what an advantage it is to have all of these specialists working side-by-side in our neuroscience center," said Dr. Harry Kerasidis, the center's medical director.

"It creates a synergy that enables our team to blend their knowledge, skill and talents to provide the highest level of care for our patients," he said. "In addition, the connection with Georgetown University Hospital's neurosurgery program ensures seamless care for even highly complex brain and spine patients." Kerasidis, who is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine, also directs the hospital's sleep disorders and stroke centers.

Navigator enhances coordination
According to Kerasidis, the center's navigator, Debbie Rosnage, RN, further enhances this coordinated approach by providing timely information. "Debbie is readily available to answer questions, schedule appointments, provide one-on-one support and connect patients with resources that benefit their care," he said.

Rosnage has 12 years nursing experience in a wide array of clinical settings including intensive care, surgical services and pain management. As navigator, her primary role is to serve as liaison for patients receiving care at the neuroscience center.

"It is my responsibility to help each patient see the most appropriate specialist based on their symptoms," said Rosnage, "to coordinate their care and the sharing of information as they interact with various members of our multidisciplinary team."

"I want patients to feel they can come to me and that I will do whatever I can to ensure they receive the care they need," she said. "When patients are in pain, it is often very difficult for them to handle the details associated with their care. I want them to feel there is always someone behind them to be their advocate and to be proactive for them."

The opening of the neuroscience center, said Xinis, is particularly timely with the demand for services created by a growing senior population. In fact, Maryland planning officials are forecasting that the number of local residents 60 and older will more than double by 2030, the second highest growth rate for this age group in the entire state.

Calvert's team provides specialized care for patients experiencing a broad range of disorders in all stages, from the earliest symptoms through established disease. They use advanced technology and innovative procedures to effectively treat both chronic and acute conditions including brain tumors, head trauma, persistent headaches, chronic pain, muscle and movement disorders, seizures, sleep disorders, stroke and spine injuries.

Additionally, the Center for Neuroscience, located in Suite 101, is directly adjacent to Calvert Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine and Chesapeake Physical Medicine in Suite 103, which provide comprehensive rehabilitation and chiropractic services to address the specific needs of the neurological patient.

"The center's sophisticated imaging systems (located on the lower level)," said Xinis, "enable our physicians to diagnose and treat with amazing precision, complex neurological conditions and injuries."

According to Kerasidis, the center also offers outpatient EEGs using state-of-the-art technology that ensures faster turnaround for reports. These studies record the brain's electrical activity using multiple electrodes placed on the scalp.

"When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a neurological disorder," he said, "you want to find the right physicians with the right expertise to devise the right treatment plan. That's what you will find at the Center for Neuroscience at Calvert Memorial Hospital." For more information, call the center at 410-414-4844.

Dr. Jean-Marc Voyadzis
Georgetown neurosurgeon Dr. Jean-Marc Voyadzis is part of the multidisciplinary team at the Center for Neuroscience at Calvert Memorial Hospital, which offers comprehensive and coordinated care for patients who require advanced diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
Multidisciplinary team at the Center for Neuroscience at Calvert Memorial Hospital
The multidisciplinary team at the Center for Neuroscience at Calvert Memorial Hospital collaborates on treatment planning of complex cases. Shown (l-r) are Dr. William Tham of Physical Medicine and Pain Management Associates, Debbie Rosnage, RN, neuroscience navigator, Georgetown neurosurgeons Dr. Guy Gargour and Dr. Jean-Marc Voyadzis, Dr. Joseph Ferraro also of PMPMA along with Dr. Harry Kerasidis and Dr. Eric Floranda of Chesapeake Neurology Associates.

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