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Temple Neuroscience Care Now Offered at Holy Redeemer Hospital under New Agreement

Temple University Hospital and Holy Redeemer Health System have entered into a clinical partnership that places Temple neurologists and neurosurgeons onsite at Holy Redeemer Hospital as of March 24.

Temple Neurosciences at Holy Redeemer brings Temple’s expertise in the neurosciences closer to home for residents in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks counties. The agreement provides for on campus access to comprehensive inpatient and outpatient neurological services, including 24/7 telemedicine services for acute stroke.

"We are pleased to be a part of this innovative clinical partnership, which brings the services offered by the well-respected Temple Neurosciences Center closer to patients who live in Meadowbrook and its surrounding communities," says Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, President and CEO of Temple University Health System, Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), and Senior Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at Temple University. The Temple Neurosciences Center currently provides robust clinical services at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and at the Jeanes Hospital campus in Northeast Philadelphia.

"We are committed to ensuring that our community has access to the very best medical care," says Michael Laign, President and CEO of Holy Redeemer Health System. "The clinical expertise provided by Temple's neurologists and neurosurgeons will give our patients advanced, academic-level care close to home. We are pleased to welcome these excellent physicians to Holy Redeemer Hospital."

As part of the agreement, patients who present at Holy Redeemer Hospital’s Emergency Department with symptoms of a stroke will be able to receive evaluation via telemedicine by a Temple neurologist, who can order the appropriate medications such as clot busters or interventions to address the symptoms rapidly. If appropriate, patients can be quickly transferred to Temple University Hospital via Temple Transport Team (T3) for more advanced interventional stroke care.

"This agreement will improve community access to neurological care and ensure that patients receive safe, high-quality specialty care in a timely manner, at locations convenient to them," says S. Ausim Azizi, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Neurology at LKSOM.

"We believe this is great news for this community and we look forward to partnering with Holy Redeemer to expand the treatment options available to its patients," says Michael W. Weaver, MD, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at LKSOM.

"As physicians, our goal is to keep our patients healthy and guide them to the most effective care they may need. Holy Redeemer’s agreement with Temple will give us greater access to experts in neurosciences so that we can provide the highest standard of care in our community," said Henry Unger, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Holy Redeemer Health System.

Date Published: Thursday, March 24, 2016