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Expanding Neurological Care in the Suburbs

Monday, November 07, 2022 9:00 AM

NorthShore Neurological Institute Expands to Northwest Community Healthcare

By Barb Hailey

Amin Kassam, MDA new, integrated neurosciences program at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) in Arlington Heights will expand the services of the NorthShore Neurological Institute (NNI) in Chicago’s northwest suburbs and beyond.

With more than 60 physicians on staff, NNI is widely recognized for its innovative use of technology and leadership in quality improvement and practice-based research. The new program at NCH will bolster that reputation by bringing revolutionary treatment procedures, patient-centered neurological care, physician education and technological innovation.

Leading the expansion is Amin Kassam, MD, Chair of Neurosciences at NCH, partnering with Julian Bailes, MD, and Susan Rubin, MD, Co-Directors of NNI.

“Dr. Kassam's leadership and dedication to providing exceptional patient experience in minimally invasive neurosurgery further establishes NNI as a regional, national and global destination for expert neurological care,” said Julian Bailes, MD, who also serves as Chairman of the NorthShore Department of Neurosurgery. 

Dr. Kassam is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon who has pioneered novel and innovative procedures, such as endonasal skull base surgery, conscious surgery and new technologies in brain mapping and optical robotic surgery. Additionally, he is one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons in endonasal, keyhole and minimally invasive procedures.

Having performed multiple first-in-human procedures, Dr. Kassam said another benefit of the program is the advanced training for physicians with a team that has worldwide experience and a track record of training the trainers. 

“Patients will receive some of the most advanced care in a venue that’s built as a global destination site for some of the most complex cases,” Dr. Kassam said. “The goal of this expansion is to deliver the best compassionate and team-based care possible today, while building the next best care for tomorrow."

Unrivaled, Innovative, Personalized Care

The new neurological program will serve as a collaborative environment that brings together an integrated team of specialists, including neurologists, neurosur­geons, neuro-oncologists, neuroradiologists and ear, nose and throat surgeons.

Dr. Kassam likened the patient to serving as the “Chairman of their healthcare board,” supported by family serving as their “board” and the medical team as their “executive team.”

The program’s personalized approach will also include:

  • Convenient, in-person access to the patient’s care team—at the same time in the same place—allows for prompt answers to questions and treatment plans delivered on a smart board before the patient leaves the office
  • Integrated operating rooms with next generation communication, visualization and robotic technology
  • A dedicated stroke lab with an imaging bay and dedicated MRI or magnetic resonance imaging

Technology-enhanced outpatient clinic with sensory enhanced design to optimize neural stimulation and passive rehabilitation.

Learn more about the NorthShore Neurological Institute at Northwest Community Healthcare or call (847) 618-4430 to request an appointment.