Kaweah Delta launches 24-hour neurosurgery program


Program diagnoses, treats brain, spinal cord, spinal column, nerve conditions throughout the body
VISALIA – Patients with severe head injuries and neurosurgical conditions can now get care at Kaweah Delta Medical Center thanks to an around-the-clock neurosurgery program.
The program, which provides comprehensive neurosurgery care, allows people to be treated at Kaweah Delta rather than being transported nearly an hour away or more away to another neurosurgery facility. The program specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions of the nervous system – primarily the brain, spinal cord, spinal column and nerves throughout the body – through surgical procedures, preventative care and rehabilitation.
“Care for traumatic head injuries is what is most important for the families and community members in this region,” said Joseph Chen, M.D., Medical Director of the new program. “When someone has a subdural hematoma or an epidural hematoma, they can die quickly or be left with devastating consequences. Being able to be seen here will cut down dramatically on the time it takes for these patients to receive care.”
To support patients before and after surgery, Kaweah Delta officially opened its Neurosciences Center, located at  202 W. Willow, Suite 107 in Visalia, with an open house on March 5. To make an appointment for planned neurosurgeries, call 559-624-6570.
The 24-hour neurosurgery program will treat a variety of neurosurgical conditions including traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, brain hemorrhages and spinal abnormalities such as degenerative disc disease, spinal tumors, spine trauma. Additionally, patients can undergo planned surgeries such as brain tumor surgery or spinal surgery at the medical center.
Kaweah Delta has partnered with the neurosurgeons of Center Neurorestoration Associates – Joseph Chen, M.D., Charles Liu, M.D., Jonathan Russin, M.D., Bryan Oh, M.D., and Brian Lee, M.D. – to provide these services to Kaweah Delta patients.
The partnership allows neurosurgeons at Kaweah Delta to use state-of-the-art equipment to help improve clinical outcomes by providing neurosurgeons with real-time images during surgery. The stealth imaging system provides neurosurgeons with real-time intra-operative imaging of a patient’s anatomy with high quality images and a large two and three dimension field-of-view, said Benton Duckett, Director of Surgical Services at Kaweah Delta.
“This will allow for the best surgical outcomes possible. This new technology allows surgeons to get as close as possible to the area needing repair and provide the best surgical outcomes,” Duckett said.