Neurology & Neurosurgery

The team of neurology and neurosurgery specialists at Indiana University Health provide dedicated care for neurological and spine conditions, including stroke, back and neck pain, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal tumors and spinal stenosis.

As a leader in neurology and neurosurgery care in Indiana, Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital treats thousands of patients each year, helping them live healthier and more productive lives.

And, as part of the IU Health system, our patients have access to the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center in Indianapolis, which cares for patients with rare and extremely complex neurological conditions

Stroke Care

Timing is everything when it comes to stroke. The team of physicians, nurses and medical professionals at IU Health Bloomington Hospital is ready to care for victims of stroke 24 hours a day.

We are proud to be a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission. This means that IU Health Bloomington Hospital is dedicated to providing high quality stroke care. Our team has worked to streamline our processes and ensure consistent standards of care, so that no matter when a patient comes to us experiencing a stroke, you receive the same level of high quality care. Whether it is 2am or 2pm, our team is prepared to care for you.

We exceed national standards in the time it takes us to diagnose a stroke, which helps us provide our patients with the most appropriate treatment in a timely manner.

From Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Emergency Medical Transport Services, to the Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Emergency Department, to a staff of neurologists and neurosurgeons, to the computed tomography (CT) team, stroke survivors arriving at IU Health Bloomington Hospital can expect quality, efficient and coordinated care.

Supporting Patients Following Stroke

After leaving the hospital, recovery from stroke often continues. For these stroke survivors, IU Health Bloomington hosts the Stroke Education Series/Support Group, open to all stroke survivors and their loved ones. Our stroke program educator leads the group and each session covers a different topic from our expert guest speakers. Time will also be available during every meeting for discussion where survivors and their loved ones can ask questions, or share successes or challenges.

The Stroke Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month from 1pm – 2:30pm at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church.

For more information about Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Stroke Support Group, please call 812.353.9300.

Spine Program

Statistics show that up to 90 percent of our population will, at some point, experience back pain. When acute back pain occurs, it can disrupt and severely affect your quality of life. At IU Health Bloomington Hospital, our goal is to help those suffering from acute back pain maximize their potential and functionality to not only feel better, but improve quality of life. Whether your condition can be managed with therapy, or surgery is the right option for you, our team works with each individual to ensure you are seeing the right medical professionals and getting the right care for your condition.

At IU Health Bloomington Hospital, we continually monitor hundreds of aspects of our care to ensure we are meeting and exceeding established quality measures. In the area of spine surgery, Blue Cross/Blue Shield has named IU Health Bloomington Hospital a Blue Distinction Center, which recognizes our expertise in delivering high quality and efficient spine care.

For patients with acute back pain, the treatment often involves several medical professionals who help treat different aspects of the condition. At IU Health Bloomington, these medical professionals all work together to help coordinate patients’ care and ensure they’re seeing the right professionals at the right time to manage their condition.

Minimally-Invasive Surgery

In many cases, minimally-invasive surgery can be done to correct issues associated with the spine and back pain. Our surgeons determine the best method based on each individual’s situation, and many times can use a minimally-invasive approach. For the patient, this often means less time in the hospital, less pain and a faster recovery.

Computer Navigation

Computer navigation in the operating room helps your surgeon better visualize your spine and the area in which he’s operating. Using a three-dimensional (3D) model of your spine on the computer during surgery allows the surgeon to see exactly where his surgical instruments are, obtain the most accurate measurements and precisely place any needed implants.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Patients in the Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit receive interdisciplinary rehabilitation care from physicians, nurses and therapists who are focused on helping patients regain quality of life following a neurological condition or injury, or orthopedic surgery or injury. Our unit holds accreditation from CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

Our services include:

  • Multiple levels of inpatient care and rehabilitation
  • An intensive therapy program
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Family-centered philosophy
  • Individualized pre-screening of all patients
  • 24-hour physician availability
  • 24-hour rehabilitation nursing

Patients must have the ability to participate in at least three hours of therapy, five days a week. In addition, patients must exhibit sufficient mental alertness, the potential for significant improvement in a reasonable period of time and evidence of potential for functional gain resulting from intensive rehabilitation. 

Not only does our clinical team strive to provide quality care while patients are in the hospital, but it also works to ensure their transition home, or to another level of care, is positive. The social worker and case manager on the team works with each patient during the discharge process to answer questions, help make arrangements and explain any ongoing therapy or medicines.

Referral Forms and Information

Referring physicians and providers can use the forms below to refer patients to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.