When your brain and nervous system - the command center for your life - are at risk, you want the best care in the business. At Johnston-Willis Hospital's Neuroscience and Gamma Knife Center, we're nationally recognized for our quality of care, and we get results. We’ve got experienced surgeons and specialists, the latest technology, and a successful track record of helping people recover their health and regain critical skills.
Our Awards and Distinctions
- The first and only one of two hospitals in the United States to receive The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certificate of Distinction for Brain Tumor care.
- The first non-academic community hospital and only second in Virginia to achieve the Comprehensive Stroke Certification by DNV-GL Healthcare, the highest level of competence possible for stroke care.
- The only hospital in Central Virginia to have and use the Gamma Knife Perfexion™, a minimally invasive stereotactic radiosurgery tool used to treat certain brain tumors and other diseases in the brain. Read how Johnston-Willis Hospital is helping patients with brain cancer.
- The first medical center in Virginia to use the ischemaView RAPID neuroimaging platform, which allows a neurovascular physician to quickly and more accurately evaluate patients who have had a major stroke and also identify those patients who would most likely benefit from this life-saving process. This technology allows our physicians to expand the stroke treatment window from 6 hours to 24 hours.
- Received The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certificate of Distinction for Stroke Rehabilitation.
- The widest range of technologies and solutions for brain care available in Central Virginia.
- One of very few hospitals on the East Coast with operating suites and teams completely dedicated to brain and nervous system care, with the most sophisticated intensive care units and patient transition facilities.
- Personalized, one-on-one spine care with minimally invasive options resulting in less time in the hospital and a quicker return to daily life.
From advanced technology through our Centers for Surgical Innovation, and across our patient care areas to one-on-one support for your specific condition and circumstances, Johnston-Willis provides everything you need for brain, nervous system, and stroke care. Our specialists involved in your care collaborate in weekly multispecialty team conferences, coordinating their efforts to ensure you receive the best possible treatments with the best possible results. Take advantage of our many conventional, alternative and advanced services and treatments, including:
- Brain stents and balloon angioplasty that returns blood flow to arteries in the brain, head, and neck
- Cancer resource centers that are sources for educational materials, staff, and support services for all types of cancers
- Code Neuro which is an integrated, fast-response process and a continuum of care for stroke
- Neuro Interventional Surgery through our Neurovascular Center for conditions of the brain, head, neck and spine, which can reach conditions such as, aneurysms or blood clots
- Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty which is a minimally-invasive surgical treatment for acute compression fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine, performed in the interventional radiology department
- Neurosurgery includes delicate procedures performed by expert teams using advanced tools to precisely locate and treat or remove targets inside the brain or spinal cord. These tools used by the neurosurgeon and team also assist in avoiding critical structures such as the optic nerve, brain stem, motor strip, and others
- Neuroscience Intensive Care Units (NSICUs) with Step-Down Units are standard-setting neuroscience postoperative and critical care facilities designed with large private rooms for the comfort and convenience of patients and families. The Step Down Unit includes specially outfitted epilepsy monitoring rooms
- Trilogy targeted radiation therapy is a treatment program to help prevent tumors from recurring after surgery by effectively controlling cell growth
- Tumor embolization cuts off blood flow to a tumor before surgery, which means shorter surgical procedures, less blood loss and reduced need for transfusion - this is part of the neurovascular center/interventional neuroradiology center
- Acoustic neuroma
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and other neurovascular abnormalities
- Back pain
- Brain tumors and disorders
- Degenerative and herniated discs
- Head injury and concussion
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Movement disorders such as Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and essential tremors, Spasticity
- Myasthenia gravis
- Spine tumors
- Spine injuries
- Trigeminal neuralgia (face pain)
- Vertebral fractures
In addition to our comprehensive diagnostic and imaging services, we offer Central Virginia's only digital biplane angiography unit, also known as 3DRA (three-dimensional rotational angiography). This rapid scanning process quickly captures detailed images of the brain, spine and delicate body systems such as blood vessels. At Johnston-Willis Hospital, you're in the expert care of a team of neuro interventional physicians, including a neuro interventional radiologist whose extensive experience and skill in this specialty means you'll receive a speedy diagnosis and customized treatment that targets your particular neurologic condition.
With coordinated brain, nervous system, and stroke care and resources such as Johnston-Willis Hospital’s Neuroscience and Gamma Knife Center and Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery, you gain the benefits of advanced technology. Our tools for highly precise imaging lead to more accurate diagnoses and more targeted treatment. Our minimally invasive options result in shorter surgeries with better outcomes less time in the hospital and a quicker return to daily life.
As you continue your recovery process, you'll transition to our private, spacious Neuroscience Intensive Care Units (NSICU) or our Neuroscience Step Down Unit.
Our family waiting rooms include bays for minimal disturbance, kitchen facilities and onsite computer terminal with free Internet access and Wi-Fi.
In our NSICU Step-Down Units and the specially outfitted rooms of our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), you'll benefit from the latest in patient monitoring technology, which means faster response, more effective care and a quieter environment for recovery.
As a neuroscience patient or family member at Johnston-Willis Hospital, you'll also appreciate our free valet parking and free parking with 24-hour security monitoring and shuttle service, as well as 24/7 chaplain services, palliative care options, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Whether you're coping with the aftermath of a stroke or working to overcome functional limitations created by multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, brain injuries, balance disorders or other neurological conditions, you want to restore your capacity for active living as fully and quickly as possible. At Johnston-Willis, you can expect us to be with you all the way along your path to recovery. While you're still an acute care hospital patient, we begin your rehabilitation right in your room, helping you launch the process of reclaiming your abilities.
Within our comprehensive healthcare network, you can also take advantage of additional rehabilitation services and treatments, including outpatient rehabilitation, advanced therapies and treatments, as well as driving assessment and education.