Lehigh Valley Health Network creates neuroscience institute

Randi Haseman -  

Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Health Network created the Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute to further advance leading neurology and neurosurgery care.

LVHN generated the institute to significantly expand its research, training and care for neurosurgery and neuroscience in the region, according to a June 16 news release. 

"When people anywhere in the country think of outstanding places for clinical neurological and neurosurgical care, LVHN will be on that list," Steven Lewis, MD, the institute's physician-in-chief and head of neurology at LVHN, said in the release. 

Clinical research plays an important role at LVNH and the institute will help it conduct 15 to 20 neurologic clinical trials simultaneously. LVNH serves around 32,000 neurology patients and 18,000 neurosurgery patients every year. This is the fifth clinical institute for LVNH, including specialties for cancer, heart and vascular, surgical and orthopedics. 

The Fleming Foundation, founded by the late, long-time chairman of LVHN's Board of Trustees Richard Fleming, donated a "significant gift" to create the institute. The contribution is the largest single funding in the Fleming Foundation's 32-year history, the release said.

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