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Mercy Health Announces Greater Cincinnati’s First Gamma Knife® for Minimally Invasive Treatment of Brain Tumors

(CINCINNATI; December 5, 2012) Mercy Health, which provides quality care with compassion in your neighborhood, announces that The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health will offer minimally invasive brain surgery through state-of-the-art, pinpoint-accurate radiosurgery in early 2013. The Jewish Hospital will install the Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™, an advanced radiosurgical device that uses radiation to perform precision brain surgery with no incisions. This advanced technology will be the first of its kind in Greater Cincinnati. The Jewish Hospital will be one of approximately 200 hospitals worldwide to offer this life-extending treatment.

The Gamma Knife® treats brain tumors and neurological conditions without the normal risks associated with surgery and a long hospital stay. Gamma Knife® surgery uses beams of radiation to precisely target tumors deep within the brain without incisions. Most patients are able to go home the same day. There is little risk of potential morbidity, such as hemorrhage and infection, which are associated with conventional surgery. More than 30 years of clinical studies documented in more than 2,500 published medical papers have revealed the effectiveness of Gamma Knife® surgery.

“At the point where all of the beams simultaneously intersect, it delivers enough radiation to destroy the target, while minimizing exposure to the surrounding tissue,” says Peter Fried, MD, radiation oncologist with OHC (Oncology Hematology Care) and Medical Director of Radiation Oncology and the Gamma Knife® program at The Jewish Hospital. “Gamma Knife® has grown to become the preferred treatment modality for brain tumors over the past decade and we’re excited to offer our patients this advanced level of treatment in Greater Cincinnati.”

With the Gamma Knife® Perfexion™, The Jewish Hospital’s Gamma Knife® team has the capability to treat a broad scope of disorders, including tumors at the base of the skull, lesions in the sinuses, eye socket, neck and multiple metastatic (cancerous) tumors, deep-seated tumors and tumors close to arteries, nerves or other vital structures. The team will also use Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ to treat benign tumors, neurological conditions and vascular disorders, such as trigeminal neuralgia, chronic pain, arteriovenous malformations, aneurysms and cavernous angiomas.

The Jewish Hospital will have a multi-disciplinary team comprised of radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons and nurse navigators to create the Gamma Knife® treatment plan and perform the procedure. Gamma Knife® can provide treatment alternatives to patients for whom traditional brain surgery or radiation therapy are not options.

Jonathan Borden, MD, neurosurgeon with Riverhills Neuroscience, who has performed Gamma Knife® procedures for more than 12 years, will be part of the multi-disciplinary team. “Gamma Knife® represents tremendous forward movement in the treatment of brain tumors and other neurological conditions in our market. As a neurosurgeon, it is deeply satisfying to know that we are not only effectively treating the affected area with a clinically-proven technology, but also that we’re preserving healthy tissue,” says Dr. Borden.

The partnership and investment in Gamma Knife® technology builds on the already extensive oncology services of The Jewish Hospital, which also includes chemotherapy, radiation oncology and the region’s first and most experienced adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit.

“Gamma Knife® is a tremendous asset for our community, for Mercy Health and for The Jewish Hospital,” says Steve Holman, Central Market Leader and President for Mercy Health. “The investment demonstrates our commitment to make the very best treatments available to our patients.”

The announcement of Gamma Knife® formalizes a collaboration between Mercy Health and OHC, Cincinnati’s leading physician oncology practice. Signed in June 2012, the Mercy Health and OHC collaborative agreement encompasses the goals of both Mercy Health and OHC by focusing on patients first, and OHC will support the Gamma Knife® program.

The partnership strives to:

  • improve community services through an integrated model of care
  • enhance quality through evidence-based medicine
  • improve patient, physician and employee satisfaction
  • improve operations efficiencies and promote better access to cancer care for patients in Greater Cincinnati.

Mercy Health makes quality healthcare easy to help you be well in mind, body and spirit. Mercy Health is a premier healthcare provider that has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 160 years. Mercy Health provides an integrated network of leading physicians, compassionate caregivers, comprehensive services and exceptional care at more than 100 locations across the region. The Mercy Health network of care includes six award-winning hospitals, eight senior living communities, primary care and specialty physician practices, outpatient centers, social service agencies, fitness centers and a variety of outreach programs. To learn more visit, and engage in the conversation via Mercy Health’s social media channels (@mercy_health on Twitter and Mercy Health on Facebook.)


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