Franciscan Alliance partners with Northwestern for brain care - October 26, 2018

Courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana

Written by Giles Bruce

Franciscan Alliance has partnered with Northwest Memorial Hospital to bring neurology services to Northwest Indiana.

Dr. Kevin Jackson, a Northwestern Medicine neurosurgeon, is now practicing at Franciscan Health hospital in Crown Point, and Northwestern telestroke services will be offered at the Franciscan campuses in Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond and Munster.

“We are pleased to partner with one of the largest health care systems in the Midwest to provide the highest-quality neurological care to patients living in Northwest Indiana,” stated Dr. Maciej Lesniak, chair of the neurological surgery department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

“This unique affiliation will offer enhanced care to residents in areas that may have limited access to leading specialists and cutting-edge clinical trials.”

Northwestern has the highest-ranked neurology and neurosurgery programs in Illinois, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Northwest Indiana health systems have been increasingly partnering with Chicago university hospitals to offer higher-level speciality services in the Region. For instance, Franciscan last year joined forces with Rush University Medical Center on orthopedic surgery, while Community Healthcare System works with Rush on stroke care and University of Chicago Medicine for OB-GYN services and Methodist Hospitals hosts University of Chicago heart and lung surgeons.

These partnerships come at a time when specialists are hard to recruit and Northwest Indiana lacks a university medical center.

Jackson, the neurosurgeon, stated that he plans to provide minimally invasive procedures for patients with complex brain and spine problems. The telestroke services allow vascular neurologists at Northwestern, through videoconferencing, to examine patients, interpret brain scan results and make treatment recommendations to Franciscan emergency department staffers.