IU Neuroscience Center Opens Soon
Will house experts in all areas of brain, nervous system injury and illness
(WIBC.com photo: Ray Steele)
For the first time, Indiana has a medical complex where the only speciality is repairing the brain and the nervous system.
Listen to Ray Steele talk to Dr. Nicholas Barbaro, medical director of the IU Neuroscience Center
The IU Neuroscience Center was officially dedicated Friday and will see it's first patients on Monday. The six-story center is also known as Goodman Hall, named after the late neurosurgeon Dr. Julius Goodman, who envisioned the creation of the center before he died of a brain tumor in 2008. The center is located between I-65 and Methodist Hospital amidst the sprawling IU Health and Medical School campus.
"This place is a single center that houses all aspects of neurological and neurosurgical care for patients with any type of brain disorder," said Dr. Nicholas Barbaro, medical director for the center, who adds it will help doctors better collaborate to treat everything from brain tumors and strokes to epilepsy and mental illnesses.
With all of the progress made in the treatment of neurological injuries in recent years, having doctors in several specialities under one roof should speed that progress more. "It includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, phychiatrists, rehab specialists, electrophysiologists, otolaryngologists, the whole spectrum - radiology, in one buiding," said Barbaro.
One man who already has benefitted from IU neuroscience is Keith Griffee. On Father's Day of this year, the 23-year-old from Connersville was in a car crash and sustained severe brain injuries. He is well on his way to recovery now, and says the experts at I.U. are the reason. "The care I got here - I don't remember the accident at all because I was in a medically induced coma - the biggest thing the doctor did here is they worked together and never stopped. They saved my life."
An open house of the new facility will be held for the general public Saturday from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. and will feature free stroke risk and blood pressure screenings.
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