Saint Luke’s Neurological Consultants integrates experienced physician group under health system

Physicians treat stroke, vast range of neurologic conditions
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Oct. 27, 2011 - PRLog -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a move to enhance its strength in neurosciences, Saint Luke’s Health System has formalized a partnership with an independent neurology practice, the former Neurological Consultants of Kansas City, Inc. The new organization—Saint Luke’s Neurological Consultants (SLNC)—was launched Sept. 1, 2011.

SLNC serves as the clinical practice division of the Saint Luke’s Neuroscience Institute. The partnership allows Saint Luke’s Health System to better integrate neurology with its other health care disciplines and to provide greater continuity of care for patients.

“I’m excited about adding Saint Luke’s Neurological Consultants, and all of the positive changes at Saint Luke’s Neuroscience Institute, because they allow us to continue to progress toward our goal of becoming one of the leading neuroscience centers in the nation,” said Marilyn Rymer, M.D., medical director, Saint Luke’s Neuroscience Institute.

“For years, the physicians with Neurological Consultants have been the backbone of the Neuroscience Institute. In addition to providing excellent, round-the-clock care for stroke patients, these doctors treat a vast range of neurological conditions. By coming under the Saint Luke’s Health System umbrella, they’ll benefit from the system’s strong infrastructure and new efficiencies to improve patient care even further,” she continued.

Health care reform and other marketplace forces are compelling physicians to more closely align with their health care systems. “It’s important that we move toward a fully-integrated model that meets our needs today and tomorrow,” Dr. Rymer said.

The three founding members of the neurology group — Dr. Rymer, Irene Bettinger, M.D., and Charles Weinstein, M.D.,—have been affiliated with Saint Luke’s Hospital for more than 30 years. Today, the 11-member group covers a broad range of neurologic conditions. Dr. Weinstein is the group’s CEO. SLNC physicians have offices at all four of the Saint Luke’s metropolitan Kansas City hospitals and receive neurological consultations from more than 70 hospitals in the region.

“This is a good move for Saint Luke’s and for our patients,” said Kevin Thorpe, senior vice president. “Our goal is to deliver the most efficient, effective, and seamlessly integrated care to our patients.”

Saint Luke’s Neuroscience Institute recently announced plans to renovate and relocate to the hospital patient tower formerly occupied by Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. Proposed renovations will allow for growth of current centers of excellence including care for patients with stroke, epilepsy, and brain tumors as well as for expansion in new treatment areas such as minimally invasive spine surgery.

The Neuroscience Institute regularly meets and exceeds benchmarks for outcomes in a number of areas including a success rate for stroke intervention of 30 percent. (The national average is 5 percent). The Institute is also the region’s only adult Level 4 comprehensive epilepsy center, includes the specialized care of the region’s only fellowship trained neuro-oncologist offering brain tumor treatment, and its neurovascular center treats more aneurysms than any other area hospital.

In addition to their work at the Saint Luke’s Neuroscience Institute, the SLNC physicians will continue to provide neurology services at most of the Saint Luke’s Health System hospitals around the region.

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Saint Luke's Health System based in Kansas City, Mo., consists of 11 area hospitals in northwest Missouri and eastern Kansas, and several primary and specialty care practices. We provide a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services.
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