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Team from Central Illinois Neuro Health Sciences feels at home within Carle system

Team from Central Illinois Neuro Health Sciences feels at home within Carle system
Team from Central Illinois Neuro Health Sciences feels at home within Carle system

How quickly time flies. It’s been a year since efforts began to unite the expertise of the talented group of neurosurgeons from Central Illinois Neuro Health Sciences (CINHS) with the comprehensive team of board-certified neurologists, neuropsychologists, nurse practitioners and neuroscience clinicians at the Carle Neuroscience Institute. By all accounts, the union is strong and is offering rewards and exciting opportunities for the newly blended power team and for patients across central Illinois.

For perspective on why the move was made to join Carle, the former CINHS-affiliated neurosurgeons, Drs. Ann Stroink, Emilio Nardone and Jason Seibly share their motivations. Though each uniquely different, at the core it boiled down to relationships that had been forged between the doctors and leaders at Carle BroMenn Medical Center and more recently with Carle Health system leaders, and it had to do with trust and a shared vision for the future.

stroink-ann-(1).jpg Dr. Stroink has the longest affiliation with Carle BroMenn, dating back to the days when the hospital was known as Brokaw Hospital. Dr. Stroink assisted her father, Dr. Hans Stroink, in the pathology lab from the time she was in the seventh grade until she left for college. “I had so many opportunities that young people do not get today,” Dr. Stroink says. “It was an exciting time.” Since then she has maintained a soft spot for the hospital and retained a strong connection throughout her career.

nardone-emilio.jpg Dr. Nardone’s interest in medicine and especially in the workings of the brain also began early. He dreamed of becoming a neurosurgeon from a very young age while helping in his family’s bakery in southern Italy before coming to the United States for residency training at the University of Texas. After a tumor fellowship at MD Anderson and a two-year stint in Saudi Arabia working as a neurosurgeon with the royal family, he ultimately settled in Bloomington-Normal, joining CINHS.

After 22 years in the community, he is still proud to work alongside the operating room neuro team at Carle BroMenn Medical Center and considers the team an exclusive perk. When discussions began about integrating within the Carle Neuroscience Institute (CNI) he ultimately saw it as “an opportunity for additional support, growth and stability for developing more subspecialties,” says Dr. Nardone.

seibly-jason.jpg Dr. Seibly graduated from the BroMenn Medical Center’s neurosurgery residency program in 2008 and opted to stay in the area when offered a job with CINHS. Exceedingly familiar with the hospital, he saw many benefits to becoming part of CNI. “By this point, we all had a very good rapport with BroMenn’s administrators so we knew what we were getting into and it was an institution that we trusted,” Dr. Seibly shares.

Since opening their office on the campus at Carle BroMenn, the surgeons are happy with their experience as members of the Carle system and have seen great outcomes continue for patients. “I have access to imaging and medical records the likes of which I never had before,” Dr. Stroink says. “What you lose in independence you gain in support,” Dr. Nardone explains.

In recent years, a variety of factors contribute to physicians in private practices increasingly opting for employed positions. Everything from difficulty transitioning to electronic medical records, navigating seemingly everchanging insurance company requirements, and the rising costs of running a business. The doctors acknowledge their challenges in staying independent but do not credit those challenges as the reason behind their ultimate decision to join Carle.

“Carle was doing a great job,” says Dr. Stroink. “It’s nice to be part of a health system that is rich in resources and has a medical school close by.”

“We love our field. Love to interact with our patients,” Dr. Nardone says. “We want to serve patients in the best fashion.”

“We share a common interest,” Dr. Seibly explains. “We knew what we were getting into and we liked what we saw.”

Ultimately, the move to Carle provided the doctors with a chance to do more of what they got into neurosurgery to do -- create a regional destination for the finest in neurosurgical care, help bring cutting-edge services to patients at Carle and throughout the region, and work closely with some of the best and brightest up and coming neurosurgeons. The future is even brighter for neuroscience services at Carle thanks in part to the addition of the team from CINHS.

Categories: Redefining Healthcare

Tags: Bloomington-Normal, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, , Carle Neuroscience Institute, , Neurosurgeons