Brain & Spine
Baptist Health provides the region’s most comprehensive brain and spine care. Our team includes specialists with expertise in both surgical as well as non-surgical treatment options who are committed to advanced, leading-edge prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. We also are active in research, providing patients with access to clinical trials when appropriate.
Disorders of the spine can include a wide range of conditions including back and neck pain, herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, degenerative spine disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spinal trauma and infections, spinal tumors and vascular lesions.
Whether a patient is seeking an early approach to managing back pain or exploring surgical options, our team can help. Our surgical options include the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery, and our team will consult with you on a plan that targets your specific problem the least invasive manner possible. For a physician referral, call 904.202.2273.
Movement disorders affect a person’s ability to coordinate movements. These conditions include Parkinson’s, essential tremor, dystonia, ataxia, spasticity and more. Options for treatment include management with medication and evaluation for surgical management.
Our specialists can help determine if the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) is appropriate, as well as provide post-surgical programming of DBS devices. In conjunction with these treatment options, use of physical, speech and occupational therapies can be important aspects of managing a movement disorder. For a physician referral, call 904.202.2273.
Tumors form when cells grow abnormally where they are not needed, forming a mass. Tumors can be cancerous or benign. When tumors grow inside the skull, they can be complex to treat and manage. A critical part of brain tumor management is selecting a team to provide accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.
Our Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center has a multidisciplinary neuro-oncology team focused on diagnosing and treating cancers of the brain, head, neck and spine. For a physician referral, call 844.632.2278.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain, is either blocked by a clot or bursts. It is a life-threatening emergency as brain cells rapidly begin to die. Quick intervention is vital. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, gender or age.
At Baptist Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center, our multidisciplinary team of specialists work together to provide advanced care featuring minimally invasive procedures for stroke, aneurysm and other conditions of the brain. For a physician referral, call 904.448.3416.
Dedicated Hospital Facilities for Neurological Care
Five floors of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower at Baptist Jacksonville are dedicated to the care of patients with neurological conditions of the brain and spine, under the medical leadership of Dr. Naval, MD, director of Neuro Critical Care and Inpatient Neurology Services for Baptist.
Our dedicated neuro resources include:
- Advanced Neurosurgical Operating Suites with intraoperative MRI and CT capabilities
- Dedicated Neuro Interventional Suites with biplane imaging
- 48 private suites for medical and surgical neurological care
- Dedicated 24-bed Neurointensive Care Unit
- Telemedicine capabilities in each of Baptist’s hospital emergency departments
Neurointensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU)
The Neurointensive Care Unit in the Weaver Tower at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is dedicated solely to providing critical care for patients with neurological and neurosurgical issues. Our Neuro ICU staff serves the region with tertiary-level care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This technologically sophisticated unit is equipped to provide continuous bedside monitoring of the nervous system. Its capabilities include:
- EEG monitoring to detect abnormal brain activity such as silent seizures
- Transcranial doppler and other tests of cerebral blood flow monitoring
- Intracranial pressure monitoring
Center for Neurologic Emergency Medicine
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville offers a specialized emergency department designed for stroke, brain aneurysms and other neurological emergencies. The center was the first of its kind in Florida and is among a few in the country. Patients who experience a change in vision, vertigo, numbness, headaches and seizures are diagnosed and treated by a team of emergency medicine physicians, neuro-radiologists, neurologists, and certified stroke registered nurses. The team is equipped with expedited access to radiology images and laboratory testing to make rapid treatment decisions. Patients who require admission to our hospital are admitted to our Neuro Intensive Care Unit or one of our dedicated neurological units, depending on the severity of their illness.
Experiencing a medical emergency, or experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of stroke? Please call 911 immediately.
Baptist Neurological Institute
Baptist Health and Lyerly Neurosurgery created Baptist Neurological Institute to provide exceptional, compassionate and innovative care that makes a profound difference in the lives of adult and pediatric patients and their families throughout the North Florida and South Georgia region.