Neuroscience Institute to Launch in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD – The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield is launching a new, multispecialty clinic that will be staffed by over 50 neuroscience providers.

This new institute, known as the Neuroscience Institute (NSI), will consist of SIU’s departments of neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry consolidated into a single-site outpatient clinical care center.

NSI will provide care for patients with brain and spine disorders ranging from strokes and anxiety to Alzheimer’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Psychiatry and psychology services will also be available.

The institute’s executive director James Gilchrist explains this will be the only state-approved, academically based, single-site neuroscience center in the state of Illinois. It will offer lower health care costs as well as improved access for patients.

 “We want to provide patients with simple and easy access to all neuroscience services, from scheduling and check-in to seeing doctors and related staff, and include imaging, rehabilitation and testing, all at a single location,” Gilchrist explains.

This institute additionally will focus on research efforts with support by the Memorial Medical Center.

The institute will be located on the medical school’s main campus. SIU’s participating departments hope to be in an integrated neuroscience building by spring 2018.

SIU will be teaming up with Memorial Medical Center’s neuroscience-related outpatient services and facilities to develop NSI.

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