Nationally recognized for our neuroscience services, JFK Medical Center is a leading treatment and resource center for people affected by complex neurological conditions.
Our team of multi-disciplinary neuroscience specialists uses the latest technology and treatments to diagnose and treat diverse and challenging problems involving the brain, spine, cerebrovascular system and nervous system.
- The Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center is at the forefront of stroke diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
- Our stroke program has been certified by the Joint Commission and given its “Gold Seal of Approval” for providing the greatest breadth and depth of specialists and advanced services for stroke patients.
- We were the first in Palm Beach County to achieve the distinction of Comprehensive Stroke Center by AHCA in 2006 and we are proud to provide care to stroke patients throughout Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties.
- Our 36-bed nursing Neuroscience unit and our highly specialized 18-bed Neuro-ICU are dedicated to patients recovering after neurological or neurosurgical procedures. Both are staffed with nurses who are uniquely trained and focused on the specific needs of neuroscience patients.
- We offer minimally invasive technologies and treatments, including coils and stents for treating brain aneurysms and stents for blocked carotid arteries.
The clinical staff at JFK Medical Center work closely with their colleagues in neurology, neurosurgery and spine surgery as well as healthcare providers from other hospitals and community clinics to provide superior care to patients. Our interdisciplinary care teams truly exemplify JFK Medical Center’s commitment to offering the best care possible for your patients.
Conditions Treated at the Neuroscience Institute
The Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center specializes in:
- Ischemic Stroke/Cerebral Hemorrhage
- Vascular Malformations
- Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors
- Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
- Back and Neck Problems
- Chronic Pain/Headaches
- Dizziness and Vestibular Disorders
- Degenerative Disorders
- Nervous System Infections
- Hydrocephalus: placement and management of VP shunts
- Ocular Disturbances
Comprehensive Stroke Center
At JFK Medical Center, we are a comprehensive and advanced primary stroke center. A comprehensive stroke center offers care for the complex neurological and neurosurgical patients beyond the scope of the primary stroke center.
Minimizing delays is a crucial step in improving outcomes with acute stroke therapies whose efficacy is clearly time dependent. Logistic and human barriers to rapid stroke care can be overcome with a systematic “Stroke Alert Team” approach provided by a structured multi-disciplinary acute stroke response team.
In Palm Beach County, the most advanced interventions are available at JFK Medical Center – the county’s 1st AHCA recognized Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Acute Stroke Treatment
Patients who have suffered a stroke will receive specialized care in our Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. Nurses in these units have expertise in neurological assessments and provide comprehensive care and education to patients and their families.
- IV tPA
- Intra-arterial tPA
- Mechanical thrombectomy (clot removal)
- Cerebral stenting
- Coiling and clipping of aneurysms
- Ventricular drainage (acute and chronic)
Emergency Stroke Treatment
Since time is of the essence, recognizing stroke symptoms early on is critical. JFK’s emergency department staff is skilled at immediately determining the best treatment plan through rapid diagnosis and treatment. Diagnostic services, including CT (computed tomography) scans MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), as well clot-busting medication.
Quick diagnosis is made through expedited CT scans and/or MRI and neurological consultations. The best treatment choice is then determined and managed, which could be clot busting drugs (tPA) or interventional removal of the clot.
Our Acute Stroke Team includes:
- EMS providers
- Emergency Physicians
- Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists
- Intensivists and Hospitalists
Additional Resources on Stroke
For more information on stroke symptoms, risk factors and statistics, please visit our Health Library and The American Stroke Association.
The Neurointerventionalist specializes in the minimally invasive, endovascular approach of navigating microcatheters through the blood vessels under continuous x-ray guidance. Diseases treated with these techniques include stroke, cerebral aneurysm, brain and spine arteriovenous malformations (AVM’s).
As part of the multidisciplinary and patient-centered neuroscience team, our experts in cerebral vascular and spine diseases work together to provide you and your loved ones access to a range of advanced treatment options for complex, challenging, and often life-threatening neurological conditions.
Neurointerventional surgery provides a complete spectrum of minimally invasive services for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with vascular problems related to the brain and spinal cord. Historically, certain conditions that would have required open surgery such as aneurysms, carotid artery disease, vascular malformations, and tumors of the head, brain, neck, and spine can now be considered for a minimally invasive treatment using a neurointerventional surgery approach to reach the problem.
Diagnostic Neuroimaging Services
JFK Medical Center’s comprehensive diagnostic and interventional radiology department offers advanced imaging services of the brain and spine that are interpreted by a team of board-certified radiologists, which include neuroradiologists, who have additional years of training in neuroimaging techniques. The images are generated on cutting-edge equipment that has been accredited by the American College of Radiology.
The Spine Institute at JFK Medical Center
The JFK Medical Center Spine Institute consists of a team of experts that use the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment to help patients conquer their pain and regain their life. The causes of pain are many, but help is available. In consultation with your physician, treatment options discussed may include surgical and/or non-surgical (medical) options.
JFK Medical Center has Neurosurgical and Orthopedic fellowship-trained spine specialists. We have pain management consultants for the management of acute and chronic pain who work closely with their colleagues of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists to help determine an accurate diagnosis and develop a plan of care that is designed specifically for you.
Our goal is quicker recovery with less pain and complications. We also offer interventional pain management techniques such as implantable pumps that dispense medication or stimulate the spinal cord to relieve back spasms.
Our multidisciplinary team of professionals focus on treating patients with spinal injuries using state-of-the-art technology:
- Back Pain (acute and chronic)
- Compression Fractures – Spine
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Disc Herniation/Problems
- Extremity Pain (arm or leg)
- Failed Back and Neck Surgery
- Motor Vehicle Accident-Related Injuries
- Myofascial Pain
- Neck Pain (acute and chronic)
- Numbness (related to spine and back)
- Scoliosis Deformity
- Spinal Stenosis
- Sports Injuries
- Weakness Associated with a Neurological Diagnosis
- Work-Related Injuries
If surgery is necessary, our surgical team may perform conventional as well as minimally invasive spine techniques.