Our Neuroscience Clinical Team
The Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center Neuroscience team comprises medical professionals representing a wide variety of clinical departments. From physicians, to nurses, to therapists, to technicians, to other medical professionals, the Neuroscience Clinical Team at Scottsdale Healthcare is dedicated to providing the best medical care available in the field of neuroscience.
When you are treated by our neuroscience clinical team, you will be cared for by one or more of the following staff members:
Neurosurgeons and neurologists. Several of our neurosurgeons have been trained at the world-renowned Barrow Neurosurgical Associates and work closely with highly skilled staff neurologists to provide patients with the best care available based on evidence-based practice.
Mid-level providers also are an integral part of the team. They are experienced in caring for patients with neurological disorders and assist the neurosurgeon during surgery and the neurologist during hospital rounds.
Our nursing staff cares for you and has had extensive experience and specialty education in neurological assessment and treatment. Many of our nurses have earned additional certifications and specialize in caring for patients with neurological disorders.
Operating room staff includes nurses, technicians, and physicians that are trained in the area of neuroscience. They specialize in that area so that they become very familiar with what surgeons are doing and can anticipate their needs almost before they can ask for them.
The interventional radiology staff is made up of a radiologist who has spent many years learning how to read CAT scans and MRIs. Our radiologist also has many years of experience in understanding the many different techniques used to retrieve clots that lodge in the brain. Many of our interventional radiologists have been trained at Barrow Neurosurgical Associates.
Staff on our Therapy Services team provides the needed help in rehabilitating the area of the body that may have been affected by the stroke, injury, or disorder. The length of time the therapist spends with a patient is determined by the patient’s condition, and the orders received by a physician.
Registered dieticians also are important team members. As with all trauma, the body will require more nutrition in order to heal. Our registered dieticians not only have a degree in dietary areas, but have a registered certification that provides them with the needed knowledge on what is required by the body given certain circumstances.
Case management and social workers begin working with the patient and family immediately upon admission. Social workers give the family and the patient an avenue to express their feelings and their fears. Case management staff help with insurance matters and getting the proper equipment sent to the home, if going home is the chosen option. At times the patient will need to go to an extended care facility and the social worker and case management personnel can assist with the different options available that will work with the patient’s insurance.
It is important for the patient and family to know about the quality improvement area so they can be assured that the quality of care that is being rendered meets or exceeds the government’s expectations. Patients and family also can go online to check the statistics and quality measurements of the facility.
A pharmacy is available 24/7 to fill the requests of the physicians and mid-levels for any medication that is prescribed. Pharmacists also are able to provide an explanation of each medication being given to the nurse, patient and family.
Our Admitting/Registration team will ensure all the paperwork for billing your insurance is correct.
Laboratory technicians are responsible for drawing your blood as ordered by the physician and for getting the results back to him or her in a timely fashion. Many of the decisions involving your care are based on your lab values.
Radiology is a part of interventional radiology, but the term radiology encompasses many tests that are done under X-ray. There are many trained radiologists who can read test results and consult with the physician who ordered the test to determine what the physician was anticipating finding or not.
Transport and Lift Teams are extremely important. The transport team is alerted that someone needs to be transported to one of the departments that may have been listed above. They are trained individuals on checking to make sure they have the right patient going to the right department, and trained on how to help the nurse or certified nursing assistant get the patient safely onto the cart for transportation. The lift team is used when patients are above a certain weight limit. The team was developed for the safety of the patient. Most patients who are physically capable try to help move from one spot to another, but when in a fragile state may not be able to, or their legs will give out. This can cause injury to not only the patient but to the staff that is trying to help. This is a unique department in that there are few hospitals that think so pro-actively as to provide safety for all.