Los Angeles (July 2014) – Good Samaritan Hospital and the University of Southern
California Keck School of Medicine Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology
have formed a new affiliation. The USC Neuroscience Center at Good Samaritan
Hospital has been established to bring the talents of the USC neurosurgeons,
neuro-interventionalists, neuro-oncologists, and neurologists to the Good
Samaritan Hospital campus. The program will include both inpatient care
and outpatient consultation focusing on intracranial tumors, spinal procedures,
neuro-oncology, stroke and other vascular conditions.
This affiliation will further enhance Good Samaritan Hospital’s ability
to diagnose and treat patients with brain, spinal, and peripheral nerve
disorders. The program has the ability to treat some of the most complex
cases, including brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations, complex spinal
surgery, movement/functional disorders, trigeminal neuralgia and other
neurologic conditions. It will integrate with several well-known existing
Good Samaritan Hospital programs, including the gamma knife, spine surgery,
and peripheral nerve disorders.
The affiliation also provides the USC Department of Neurosurgery with access
to referrals from a busy community hospital emergency department and a
channel for referrals of patients with complex conditions best treated
in an academic medical center.
“The Good Samaritan affiliation brings the best of both worlds into
one location: convenience of a community hospital, with the expertise
of the university hospital,” said Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD., director
of the USC/Norris Neuro-Oncology Program and a tenured professor of the
Neurological Surgery and Pathology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.
Dr. Chen is the director of the USC Neuroscience Program at Good Samaritan.
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