Department of Neurology
An early pioneer in the field of neuroscience, the Department of Neurology installed the first CAT scanner in Illinois.
Another first occurred in 1983, when the first Neuro-Special Care Unit in downstate Illinois was opened in order to care for patients during an outbreak of botulism.
Excellence in Stroke Care
In 1997, the newly formed OSF Stroke Network became the largest rural stroke network in the United States.
In 2004, the OSF Stroke Center earned the "Gold Seal of Approval" as a JCAHO certified Primary Stroke Center, the first in Illinois.
Now affiliated with over 25 Illinois hospitals, the Stroke team has developed into one of the most progressive stroke programs in the country, providing excellence in the care of stroke patients, as well as clinical research and education.
With this large referral base, the department has also been able to introduce additional sub-specialty services and clinics, including:
- Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic
- Movement and Spacticity Clinics
- Multiple Sclerosis Center
- Neuro-ophthalmology and vertigo
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Sleep disorders
Illinois Neurological Institute
This expanded Neurology department has since joined forces with the departments of Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology to form the Illinois Neurological Institute, a hospital within OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.