Complex neurological conditions such as traumatic brain or spinal injury, epilepsy, brain tumors and stroke, require an extraordinary depth and breadth of clinical expertise from multiple specialists. To deliver this care, the Neuroscience Institute is built on a partnership between Maine Medical Center and community-based physicians.
Sophisticated resources for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders have been available at Maine Medical Center for decades -- earning the hospital, its physicians, and other providers national recognition for their expert care in such areas as stroke, neurocritical care, neurosurgery, and neuropediatrics.
Built on an exemplary partnership between hospital-and community-based physicians, the Neuroscience Institute brings together clinicians and researchers from multiple disciplines to achieve its mission:
- To advance a scientific understanding of and delivery of care for a range of neurological diseases through multidisciplinary collaboration among neuro clinicians, researchers, payers, healthcare organizations and - most importantly - our patients.
- To maintain and expand the range of services and level of access for neuroscience patients from across the region.
The Neuroscience Institute comprises the range of specialties involved in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with neurological disorders. Care is coordinated by evidence-based best practice guidelines to ensure optimal outcomes.
The programs and specialty areas include:
MMC is a teaching hospital, so the Institute participates in undergraduate and post-graduate medical education to integrate the neurosciences in the next generation of health care providers, including specialists such as neurosurgeons. In addition, the Institute offers ongoing conferences for physicians, nurses and other clinicians to continually expand and hone their clinical skills and knowledge in the neurosciences, and programs for community/patient education to raise awareness about the options for preventing and managing neurological disease.
There have been remarkable advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders in just the last decade and MMC remains at the leading edge of therapy by participating in multicenter clinical trials for a range of conditions. As a result, discoveries move from the bench to the bedside faster than ever, patients have access to new treatments unavailable at most other hospitals, and our clinicians stay current by participating directly in the scientific efforts that move medicine ahead, one step at a time.
The Neuroscience Institute provides funding for clinician-initiated research projects and the development of research databases in such areas as stroke, neurocritical care, and oncology. Our clinical investigators have a strong track record of cutting edge research and publication in major neuroscience journals. Many serve on expert national or international panels, and serve as educational resources for the community and the state.
Maine Medical Center has earned national recognition for its expertise in neurological care, including:
- The Joint Commission has certified Maine Medical Center as a Comprehensive Stoke Center, the highest level of designation for stroke care, and the first in the state of Maine. This designation means that we are ready to treat the most complex stroke cases, including interventional techniques, 24/7. We follow national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
- The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Spinal Surgery program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.
- The American Stroke Association's (ASA) Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Silver Performance Achievement Award in recognition of its commitment to a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards.
And MMC is Maine's only Level I trauma center, designated by the American College of Surgeons, providing specialized emergency and critical care for trauma patients.