Neuroscience covers a broad swath of medical disciplines, encompassing everything connected to the nervous system: the brain, the spinal cord, the motor system and the network of sensory and motor nerves throughout the body. Treating this vast range of disorders requires a truly multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons and other specialists.
An estimated one in three Americans will at one time in their lives suffer from a neurological disorder. To face this harsh reality, we will need a comparable increase in the number of specialists and technologies. We will need more facilities like Baylor Neuroscience Center.
Baylor has assembled an outstanding group of neurospecialists and advanced technologies to address virtually every kind of neurological disorder. Last year, Baylor’s Neuroscience Center treated more than 4,300 patients with inpatient therapies and more than 30,000 with outpatient procedures. And our efforts have not gone unnoticed. U.S. News and World Report has recognized the Center as one of the best in the country.
A tumor the size of a ping pong ball threatened blindness. It was removed with an innovative, minimally invasive procedure. Instead of having the traditional ear-to-ear incision in her skull, she had none.
Approximately 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2040, that number is expected to reach 11.2 million. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition with inexorable progression and no disease-modifying therapies. It has enormous individual, family, and societal costs due to the nature and length of the illness.
Baylor Scott & White Health serves a population of more than 9.3 million citizens in North and Central Texas. The system sees more than 5.3 million annual patient visits. As this population ages, our healthcare providers are challenged to provide comprehensive medical support for our patient segment afflicted with dementia/Alzheimer’s.
By putting the patient at the center of all that we do, Baylor is building a new, innovative model of care around a Memory Center. This new model enhances our ability to take care of the medical needs of an Alzheimer’s patient while integrating and linking clinical research and social support. Baylor is uniquely positioned.
Sometimes, the most enlightened component of care is the most human. Baylor’s patient navigation service is an example. Patient navigators help newly diagnosed patients through their treatment program by scheduling appointments, explaining each step of treatment, tracking their progress and offering a caring companion during one of the most stressful times in a person’s life.
Clinical research offers patients access to participation in clinical research of the latest medical advances, often at no charge. In the last two years alone, more than 337 patients have participated in our clinical trials. Our clinical research keeps us at the forefront of neuroscience medicine.
For more information related to Neuroscience and initiatives you can support at Baylor, please contact Tim Moore at 214-820-7877 or Timothy.Moore@BaylorHealth.edu.
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