Neurotrauma and Critical Care

Neurotrauma and Neuro-Critical Care, under the co-direction of Philip Villanueva, M.D. and J. Christopher Zacko, M.D., provide operative and non-operative care for head injury patients in the central Pennsylvania area. In addition, it provides critical care management for patients with neurosurgical as well as neurological illness.

The Neuroscience Critical Care Unit is a thirty-five bed unit, which is staffed by specialty-trained nurses, and is equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring capabilities. Thirty-one beds are are capable of taking ICU patients and four are on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

The residents' experience consists of two-month blocks spanning the first through the sub-chief years. Strong emphasis is placed upon both the operative and non-operative management of neurological trauma and disease.

Current areas of research include:

  • Hypothermia in neurologic trauma and disease;
  • The role of radical decompressive craniectomy in cerebral insults;
  • Cranial reconstruction following traumatic craniocerebral injury.

To schedule a visit, please call 717-531-3828 or Toll-Free 800-243-1455.

To schedule a visit for Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery at Wyoming Valley, please call 570-706-2620.

Hospital Admissions and Billing

While you are a patient at Penn State Hershey, we want to do everything possible to make your surgery and stay convenient and comfortable. If you are scheduled for admission to our hospital, you may want to review the following list of questions about our admissions and billing procedures before you arrive.

Patients are preadmitted by their surgical coordinator at the outpatient clinic. The coordinator is responsible for obtaining your financial information and scheduling your admission time to Penn State Hershey. He or she can also answer any questions you have about insurance. Additionally, your physician may request some tests to be done before you are admitted. The surgical coordinator or your doctor’s office will arrange for an appointment to have the tests completed on an outpatient basis. 

On the day you are scheduled for admission, you will check-in at the Admissions Office, located near the hospital’s main lobby. Patients should make plans for someone to drive them to Penn State Hershey. Parents must accompany patients who are younger than 18 years old. Once you have checked in, a patient services representative will show you to your room where you will be introduced to your nurse and given an admissions information packet. If you were admitted through the Emergency Department, you will be assigned a bed by the operating room. A patient services representative will contact you once you have been assigned your room. 

Be prepared to provide your identification, insurance card and any necessary deductible or insurance copayment. If you are admitting a child, you will need to provide the hospital with written consent to provide your child with medical care. Guardians must bring legal proof of guardianship.

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