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www.Ups tatePhys i c i ansSC . com | www.Hea l thL i nksUps tate. com | 39 Dr. Kathleen Woschkolup, director of neurology at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, said the opening of the new Diane Collins Neuroscience Institute in Greenville was a dream come true. That’s the impression other physicians and therapists, as well as patients, may have about the $8 million institute that opened in early June. The reason? The Bon Secours St. Francis Health System center allows patients to receive various, if not all, aspects of their individualized neurological care at one convenient location. The Institute is located on the third floor of the medical office building on the Bon Secours St. Francis Millennium campus. The five physicians who moved to the center are from the Bon Secours Neurology-Eastside practice. In this new space, patients now have access to a dedicated speech pathologist, neuro-trained physical therapist and other services they can benefit from, based on their needs. Dr. Woschkolup said, “Physicians will be able to collaborate on their care of patients because various specialties are located in one building, with more medical physicians and therapists likely to join the team at the center. We can pool our medical expertise to quickly benefit our patients and cut down on their travel and need to make appointments on different days. For instance, a patient can see me, then go to occupational therapy and then to a speech therapist, all in one day.” Wayne Fraleigh, Bon Secours Medical Group chief operating officer, mentioned what he termed “one-stop shopping” when speaking of the Institute’s purpose. “We were able to create a one-stop shop to centralize neurological care, making a destination place for patients seeking comprehensive treatment for conditions affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system. Our team of highly-skilled health care experts now has spaces created specifically with these patients in mind so they can offer treatment in an environment that promotes healing,” he said. “This program expansion is a renewal of our commitment to raising awareness and acting as a frontline resource for those suffering from neurological disorders.” DIANE COLLINS