High-quality, comprehensive care and expertise that is second-to-none are the hallmarks of the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center. Our commitment to superior care is most noticeable in the accreditations we strive to earn and maintain each year. The distinctions noted below are just a few of the reasons why receiving care at IU Health Neuroscience matters.
U.S.News & World Report Ranking
Ranked on U.S.News & World Report's 2016-17 Best Hospitals and the only nationally ranked neuroscience program in Indiana, IU Health Neuroscience is an unrivaled leader in neurological care. Our experts provide specialized care for a wide range of neurological disorders, including brain and spinal tumors, brain aneurysms, brain injuries, stroke and trigeminal neuralgia. Our longstanding association with Indiana University School of Medicine gives you faster access to research breakthroughs and the latest treatments. And our experts are frequently sought for help on challenging cases.
Blue Distinction Center Designation
Designated as a Blue Distinction Center by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana for our spine surgery program, IU Health Neuroscience is a recognized leader in back and neck surgery. Blue Distinction Center certification is awarded only to select programs that emphasize best-practice care and achieve excellent outcomes. Our skilled neurosurgeons performed more than 1,100 spinal surgeries in 2010, and perform surgery using the latest minimally invasive techniques, when appropriate.
Level I Trauma Center
Indiana University Health is home to two of three Level I Trauma Centers in the state: Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital is the state’s largest adult Level I Trauma Center and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is Indiana’s only pediatric Level I Trauma Center.
Level I status means highly skilled neurosurgeons—along with a team of other experts—are onsite 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat patients who suffer any kind of trauma. Following evaluation and treatment, neurosurgeons, neurologists and critical-care specialists monitor patients in the nation’s largest neuro-adult critical care unit and specialized pediatric intensive care units. Click here for more information on our trauma services.
Level IV Specialized Epilepsy Center
As Indiana’s only Level IV Specialized Epilepsy Center, IU Health Neuroscience is at the forefront of research and treatment for the most challenging epilepsy cases. This is the highest level of certification available and means you have access to a team of board certified epilepsy specialists who are uniquely trained to provide the most comprehensive evaluations for even the most difficult of cases. It also signifies that we have advanced monitoring capabilities and can provide the full range of treatments, including implants and surgery. Most importantly, it gives you access to emerging treatment options via ongoing clinical trials. Click here for more information on our epilepsy services.
Six IU Health hospitals have received the prestigious Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which demonstrates our commitment to nursing excellence. This designation means our nurses rank among the best of nurses nationwide.
National Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and ALS Centers of Care
IU Health Neuroscience is home to Indiana’s only:
- National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Care
- Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence
- ALS Association Certified Center
These distinctions mean we provide comprehensive care that meets national standards at a single, centralized location. And we have a dedicated team of experts who is recognized as having some of the deepest knowledge and experience in treating these conditions. For more information, visit our Huntington’s or Parkinson’s areas of our website.
Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification
IU Health Neuroscience is Comprehensive Stroke Center-certified at:
Dedication to Indiana patients has led IU Health Methodist Hospital to become the state’s first and only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest designation for stroke care given by the Joint Commission. Fewer than 100 hospitals in the country have earned this distinction, representing the top 2% of hospitals nationwide when it comes to stroke care.
At the Comprehensive Stroke Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital, our team is highly trained and experienced in stroke care. With 24/7 onsite access to specialists in neurology, neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology and intensive care, advanced treatment is provided quickly for any type of stroke episode, including hemorrhagic strokes caused by aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations (AVM).
Primary Stroke Center Certification
IU Health Neuroscience is Primary Stroke Center-certified at these hospitals across Indiana:
- Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital
- Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital
- Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital
- Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital
- Indiana University Health University Hospital
- Indiana University Health West Hospital
This designation, awarded by The Joint Commission, means we have the expertise and resources necessary to successfully treat all forms of stroke. It also signifies the care we provide is effectively managed according to national standards, performance measures and improvement activities.
Stroke Telemedicine Program
IU Health Neuroscience is also committed to ensuring that people, no matter where they are in the state, have immediate access to advanced stroke care via the Indiana University Health Stroke Telemedicine program. The program, which is a partnership with the Indiana State Rural Health Network, enables doctors at critical access hospitals to consult with an IU Health neurologist 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The service uses advanced videoconferencing technology to connect emergency department staff to IU Health stroke specialists, where they can interact and review results in real-time, and determine the most appropriate treatment. In time-sensitive situations such as stroke, these real-time consultations can help ensure more patients receive faster, more effective stroke care.
The Indiana hospitals that are currently a part of the IU Health Stroke Telemedicine program include:
- Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital (Muncie)
- Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital (Bedford)
- Indiana University Health Blackford Hospital (Hartford City)
- Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital (Paoli)
- Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital (Fishers)
- Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital (Tipton)
- Decatur County Memorial Hospital (Greensburg)
- Gibson General Hospital (Princeton)
- Jay County Hospital (Portland)
- Margaret Mary Community Hospital (Batesville)
- Putnam County Hospital (Greencastle)