At Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, patients from around the world receive exceptional care by one of the most experienced neurological teams in the United States – leading the #1 Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) program in Texas.
Using the latest technological advancements and treatment options, our dedicated team of physicians performs more deep brain stimulations, spinal canal explorations and lumbar fusions than any other hospital in Texas.
Methodist Hospital maintains a designation as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, meaning the hospital meets exceptional standards of care when treating patients experiencing a stroke.
The Stroke Program Medical Director, Dr. Adam Blanchette, and The Stroke Program Coordinator, Kassandra Hunt, are active Methodist Hospital representatives on the South Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC). The council is a collaboration of several other trauma care hospitals and the Emergency Healthcare system focused on providing consistent, quality care to patients experiencing stroke in our region.
Methodist Hospital participates in “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke,” a program sponsored by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The program focuses on continuous quality improvement and protocols to ensure Methodist Hospital patients receive the best, evidence-based care treatment.
Methodist Hospital was recognized with an award, "Get With the Guidelines – Silver Plus Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll," by providing exceptional patient care.
Radiology Services Assist in Diagnosis and Treatment.
Specialized equipment and trained staff are available 24/7 for radiology procedures to include:
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- Computer Tomography Angiography (CTA)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
- Gamma Knife® Stereotactic Radiosurgery – first to open in South Texas in 1998 and remains the only center of its kind in the region. The Gamma Knife® is a radiosurgical treatment that delivers a dose of gamma radiation to a targeted area of the brain with surgical precision. Gamma Knife® is the most accepted and widely used radiosurgery treatment in the world.
Our highly trained and experienced staff of nurses, technicians and physicians offers around-the-clock care to include the emergency departments at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Boerne Emergency Center and radiology services, rehabilitation and laboratory services.
The depth of experience of the nurses, physicians and surgical team is unprecedented.
- Neurology nurses are certified by the National Institute of Health in stroke care and have a combined experience of more than 200 years.
- Surgical Services Specialty Teams dedicated to neurosurgery patients have 400 years of experience.
- Rehabilitation Team has a combined 487 years of experience in physical, occupational and speech therapy.
- Radiology Services Team has a combined experience of 776 years in the areas of special procedures, prep & hold, MRI, CT and Gamma Knife®.
- Emergency Department Staff at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Boerne Emergency Center have 300 years combined experience.
- Our team also includes a Ph.D. prepared Neuro Clinical Nurse Specialist, who represents Methodist Healthcare on the board of the American Association of Neurosciences Nurses.
- Arnold B. Vardiman, MD
Medical Director, Deep Brain Stimulation
Watch Dr. Arnold B. Vardiman on Deep Brain Stimulation
- Christopher Bogaev, MD
Medical Director, Skull Base Surgery
Watch Dr. Christopher Bogaev on Skull Base Surgery
- Donald Hilton, MD
Medical Director, Minimally Invasive Spine
Watch Dr. Donald Hilton on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Jordan Jude, MD
- George Galvan, MD
Medical Director, Complex Spine
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- Donald Atkins, MD
Medical Director, Neuromodulation
Watch Dr. Donald Atkins on Neuromodulation
- Karl Swann, MD
- Warren Neely, MD
- Roberto Aranibar, MD
- Frank Fichtel, MD
- Thomas Kingman, MD
At Methodist Hospital, we have more than 80 beds specifically dedicated to stroke and neurology patients to include:
- More than 10 beds in the neurosurgery/neurology intensive care unit
- Nearly 10 beds in the neurosurgery/neurology progressive care unit (the first and only unit of its kind in San Antonio, serving as a bridge between the intensive care and telemetry units)
- Nearly 40 neurosurgery/neurology telemetry beds
- Nearly 30 neurosurgery/neurology beds
For patients of Methodist Hospital who begin exhibiting signs of a stroke, a dedicated team of neuro critical care nurses will respond immediately with the same level of specialized care provided in the emergency department.
For many patients, the road to recovery begins when they are transported to Methodist Hospital. For those who live in the Texas Hill Country region, Methodist Boerne Emergency Center can provide services in situations where quick action is critical to saving lives and brain function. Both stand-alone emergency centers have advanced capabilities to begin monitoring and evaluating patients who are in route to either emergency center.
All emergency department nurses are stroke certified by the National Institutes of Health and can administer t-PA with physicians’ orders.
Methodist Healthcare provides a higher level of emergency transport service, Methodist AirCare, a state-of-the-art emergency medical transport helicopter piloted and staffed by a team of highly trained specialists. Methodist AirCare can rapidly transport patients from rural areas to major San Antonio medical centers.
For stroke or brain injury patients, the moment the Methodist AirCare helicopter touches down, the medical crew aboard is ready to immediately begin administering an intensive level of medical care based on the specific needs of the patient, especially those in rural communities who require a higher level of care. Methodist AirCare maintains full accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).
The Neuro Critical Care nursing units have highly experienced nurses that coach and mentor new colleagues to ensure continuity of care for patients. This collaborative environment fosters knowledge and sharing that benefits each neurology patient.
- In 2006, Methodist Hospital becomes the first hospital in San Antonio to provide MRI services 24/7/365.
- In 2006, Methodist Hospital is the first private hospital in San Antonio to install a 3T MRI scanner.
- In 2007, Methodist Hospital and Siemens sign an MRI research agreement that continues through 2020.
- In 2007, Arterial Spin Labeling imaging makes Methodist Hospital the only institution in San Antonio able to provide perfusion brain imaging without contrast.
- In 2008, T1-Space imaging provides greater metastatic lesion detection by 30 to 40 percent compared to current imaging capabilities.
- In 2010, MRI 3D Alzheimer’s analysis offers physicians regional brain structure details that are known to deteriorate in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders or dementias.
- In 2014, Methodist Hospital becomes the first private hospital in San Antonio to install a second 3T MRI scanner.
- In 2014, Methodist Hospital becomes the first private hospital in San Antonio to offer bariatric services using a 70cm 3T MRI scanner with a 660lb weight limit.