Your Hub for Health

April 02, 2014

When one of America’s major airlines pioneered a hub-and-spoke model in the 1950s, it revolutionized the way air traffic evolved. Today, airlines have adopted a system in which traffic is routed through a strong central hub, which has a series of connecting spokes, or cities.

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center has tapped into this idea—except in our case, we’re doing far more than creating travel efficiencies. Our hub of exceptional neurological expertise “routes” life-saving care into the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

The Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph boasts board-certified physicians at the forefront of neurological care in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Their experience, combined with state-of-the art diagnostic and treatment technology and the latest in research-based medicine, positions Providence Saint Joseph as a hub for neurological care in LA County.

“We try to be a community taking care of our community,” says Rachel Rolince, manager of the Stroke Center for Providence Saint Joseph. Here are three specific ways we are making that happen.

1. Stroke Care

Providence Saint Joseph’s Stroke Center is honored to carry the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Advanced Primary Stroke Centers — a distinction also held by Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance — making it one of the nation’s primary stroke centers. “We see as many ischemic strokes as larger, academic medical centers do. Our stroke care is exceptional,” Rolince says, adding that Providence Saint Joseph offers patients cutting-edge diagnostics and treatment as well as a full spectrum of rehabilitation, support services and continuing education.

Our neurological experts even use a state-of-the-art robotic system to virtually diagnose and order treatment for stroke in patients at other Valley hospitals.

2. Critical Care Transport

Our Critical Care Transport, a specially equipped ambulance staffed by a certified mobile ICU nurse, is another part of Providence Saint Joseph’s overall strategy to position itself as a hub for neurological expertise in the Valleys.

“We have a team of emergency room-trained nurses available 24/7 to basically jump in the ambulance to pick up a patient from another hospital and bring them here for care,” says Providence Saint Joseph’s Director of Neurovascular Services Robert Pickett, RN, MSN.

For example, a patient may need an interventional procedure for stroke and that hospital doesn’t provide that level of care. Or, perhaps a community hospital that has started a stroke patient on the clot-busting drug tPA wants to transfer that patient to Providence Saint Joseph. “Many hospitals don’t feel comfortable with the frequent neurological checks and the post-tPA follow-up. With our Critical Care Transport and certified mobile ICU nurse, we have the ability to infuse tPA on the go. Time is not lost,” Rolince says.

3. Leading-Edge Treatment

Residents of the San Fernando Valley and surrounding communities also can look to Providence Saint Joseph for expertise in a relatively new area of neurological care called interventional radiology. Involving treatment for complicated neurovascular disorders including aneurysms, vascular malformations and cerebral vasospasm, our Neurovascular Center experts use minimally invasive techniques to work within the delicate blood vessels of the brain and spine.

“Smaller hospitals typically wouldn’t have such specialized capabilities for interventional radiology,” Pickett says.

If you or someone you love needs quick, expert treatment for an acute neurological condition, you can trust Providence Saint Joseph—your leader for neurological care in the greater Valley area.