U.S. News ranks Community Hospital East 9th in neurology and neurosurgery in the Indianapolis metro area
Community Hospital East has been ranked ninth in neurology and neurosurgery in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, were featured in the August 30, 2011 U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook. Full story >>
Highly advanced, right in the neighborhood
The Community Neurosurgery team came together in 2010, and according to John T. Cummings Jr., M.D., medical director of neurosurgery for Community Health Network, the practice has “taken off like gangbusters.” “We’ve grown the neurosurgical volume, in the first quarter of 2011 alone, 35 percent over last year’s volume and expanded our outreach considerably,” he said.
Much of that growth is a result of innovative minimally invasive spine surgeries, which are at the core of the practice. The addition of David C. Hall, M.D., to the practice rounded out Community East’s neurosurgery services by adding cranial and aneurysm treatments to the offerings.
Hall, a highly regarded neurosurgeon with 27 years experience in the Indianapolis area, specializes in complex craniotomies for skull-based tumors and brain trauma. He also implants stimulators in the brains for people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. “We cover the entire spectrum of adult neurosurgery here at East,” Hall said. What that means is eastside residents can get very high quality care right in their own neighborhood.
Cummings is one of only about 70 surgeons nationwide performing percutaneous fusion of the sacroiliac joint, a minimally invasive surgery that has a better outcome than traditional surgery. Robert B. Sloan, M.D., specializes in minimally invasive treatments for degenerative spine disorders.
It’s difficult to perform complex surgeries without the right tools. So, Community East invested in the most advanced microscopes and O-arm® systems, which provide neurosurgeons with real-time, 3-D images of the spine right in the operating room. The O-arms interface with the computerized Stealth surgical navigation system, which the neurosurgeons use to navigate both the spine and brain. This technology allows Community East neurosurgeons to perform intricate minimally invasive surgeries as safely as possible.
“We push the edge when it comes to using technology,” Sloan said. “All of us are very thoughtful in terms of coming up with a surgical plan that is the minimal surgery a patient needs to get the best outcome and the fastest recovery.”
Community East also made a tremendous investment in the surgical infrastructure, and utilizes an advanced system of electronic medical records that allow the neurosurgeons to access patient information quickly and efficiently. People might be surprised to learn these cutting-edge procedures are available at Community East.
“What makes us light years ahead is the fact that we’ve embarked on a very significant modernization program over the last couple of years,” Hall said. “So even though the building looks old on the outside, everything on the inside has been renewed and brought up to the latest standards of neurosurgery. This is the brand new Community!”
“We have all the latest up-to-date equipment that people might expect more with a university setting, but our focus is patient care,” Hall said. “We have an individualized approach for every patient and we confer amongst ourselves about the more complex issues.”
The nursing staff and allied health staff at Community East are also part of the team and contribute greatly to the patient-focused environment. “We are small enough that patients don’t get lost in the mix,” Cummings said. “This is a friendly environment where we all work together to take good care of our patients.”