Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton announced a new collaboration to strengthen the services provided by its neurological department.
RWJH is now clinically affiliated with the Philadelphia-based Jefferson Neuroscience Network, and is the first Central Jersey hospital to join the alliance.
According to the announcement, patients at RWJH will now be able to participate in clinical trials, receive advance protocol-based acute care and increase education on early detection and access to the neurological department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
“The baseline for the program will be the teleneurology program that Jefferson offers to us,” said RWJH president and CEO Skip Cimino. “The other aspect of the program that I think is essential to Hamilton is in measuring a patient’s bleed. If the bleed is a minor bleed, we will be able to keep that patient comfortably here, at home.”
“You’re going to see broader alignments to ensure the maximum quality of care coming to patients in a region,” Cimino added. “We may be able to keep patients here, cost patients less and ensure they’re getting best quality of care here.”
For Cimino, joining the network also is personal: He said Dr. Jewell Osterholm, head of the stroke program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, successfully treated one of Cimino’s family members several years ago.