WVU Medicine East, which includes Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center (Ranson), has recently established a Brain and Spine department at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

“We are bringing neurosurgery services to the Eastern Panhandle—a service line that we did not offer here before,” said CEO Anthony Zelenka. “This has been a collaborative effort between WVU Medicine in Morgantown and WVU Medicine locally. Our strategic plan includes expanding the service by recruiting two additional neurosurgeons, a pain-management specialist, and a physiatrist.”

These physicians will be integrated with an additional three to four neurologists that will be recruited to the WVU Medicine Neurology practice (Martinsburg).

Dr. John Caruso was recently appointed to the new neurosurgery team. He has served the community for over 20 years, striving to improve healthcare locally, and beyond.

“It’s making sure that good people are staying in good communities,” he explained. “WVU sees the importance in that, and they are a phenomenal partner.”

Dr. Caruso has been working to innovate neurosurgery throughout his career, and keeping care local is one his priorities.

Area residents no longer have to travel out of state, or long distances, to see a neurosurgeon. Once WVU Medicine Brain and Spine opens in early October, across the street from Berkeley Medical Center, patients will have access to neurosurgery services practically in their backyards.

The Center has also just become the home to West Virginia’s very first surgical robot—which will be utilized in its first case this month.

“It’s a way of using innovation and technology to enhance patient safety and accuracy,” Caruso added. “It pushes the limits of where spine surgery is going.”

Additionally, the Berkeley Medical Center will be opening a new Outpatient Surgery Center in October, and work also continues at Jefferson Medical Center on a new Surgical Suite.

Just north of the Martinsburg location, the Spring Mills Medical Office Building is scheduled for a January 2018 opening, which will house an Urgent Care, Primary & Specialty Care, Women’s Imaging Center, lab, and rehab services—improving access to these services in Northern Berkeley County.

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