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Bon Secours Opens First Comprehensive Neurology Clinic in Central Virginia

Facility offers convenience of same-day testing, diagnosis and treatment in one location

October 15, 2012 

Bon Secours Virginia Health System today announced the opening of the first comprehensive neurology clinic in central Virginia at St. Francis Watkins Centre, a freestanding emergency, ambulatory and preventive care facility located in Chesterfield County. The Bon Secours Neurology Clinic at Watkins Centre is the only facility in central Virginia where patients can receive evaluation, imaging, diagnosis and treatment of all neurological disorders at one location and most often on the same day.

“The Neurology Clinic at Watkins Centre is providing seamless access to neurological care and services that have never before been available to patients in our area,” said Dr. Timothy J. Shephard, vice president, Neurosciences, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “Previously, patients often were required to travel to multiple appointments in various locations, which is especially hard on children and the elderly. Our clinic combines services and care under one roof, providing convenience and improving the continuum of care.”

The Bon Secours Neurology Clinic will diagnose and treat pre-dementia in elderly patients; behavioral issues or learning disabilities in youth; as well as stroke, migraine headaches, epileptic seizures, Parkinson’s, peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular and movement disorders.

A team of highly trained, nationally recognized physicians specializing in neurology, neuropsychology and neuro-optical issues will see patients on a self-admit basis or by referral from a primary care physician. They include Stacey L. Epps, M.D.; John J. Hennessey, M.D.; Salmaan Khawaja, Psy.D., Ed.S., LCP; and Ken Ng, M.D. In addition to office visits, patients can receive comprehensive services at the clinic, including EEG/EMG; carotid ultrasound; CT/MRI; and neuropsychology, neuro-ophthalmology and autonomic nervous system testing.

The Neurology Clinic medical team will rely on advanced technology supported by Bon Secours Virginia Health System, including an advanced electronic medical record system. ConnectCare enables Bon Secours medical professionals to review and access each patient’s confidential medical records showing their medical history, allergies, tests results and medications. They can better coordinate a patient’s care, with faster and more efficient results. Using mychart, Bon Secours patients can access their medical history, view test results, schedule appointments and communicate with their physician, in a secure, online system.

“The new Bon Secours Neurology Clinic is the latest example of our commitment to clinical transformation, which is achieved by positive patient experiences and outcomes,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “Bon Secours is proud to be the first in central Virginia to provide comprehensive neurology services all in one location. We know patients throughout central Virginia will value this convenience in services, as well as a coordinated approach to care.”

St. Francis Watkins Centre opened in November 2011 as central Virginia’s first freestanding emergency department. Watkins Centre includes two medical buildings with primary care, vision services, nephrology and comprehensive breast care. The facility also offers a comprehensive diagnostic imaging center with CT, MRI, bone density scanning and ultrasound. Combining emergency services with on-site imaging and now neurological services, Watkins Centre provides a coordinated experience of care unparalleled in the Chesterfield area.

The Neurology Clinic at Watkins Centre is located in the northwest part of Chesterfield County at the corner of Midlothian Turnpike and Route 288, at 601 Watkins Centre Parkway, Suite 250, Midlothian, VA 23114. Scheduled appointments or referrals from a primary care physician are welcome. As part of the Bon Secours Medical Group, the Neurology Clinic accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare. To schedule an appointment, please call 804-325-8750.

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