Illinois Neurological Institute

Important Milestones at the Illinois Neurological Institute

For more than six decades, INI has been a leader in providing care to patients with complex neurological conditions. Below are just a few milestones which show our commitment to providing outstanding neuroscience care.

2015 iMRI to open at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for neuro-oncology department

2015 INI Spine Institute and neurosurgery practice to move to a new facility - enabling us to better meet the needs of our patients

2014 OSF Saint Francis recertified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center

2012 Stroke Center becomes second in nation to be designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by the Joint Commission

2011 Epilepsy Center earns Level 4 distinction

2004 OSF Stroke Center becomes the first in Illinois to receive the Joint Commission "Gold Seal of Approval" as a primary stroke center

2003 CyberKnife accessible to the INI through Bloomington's Community Cancer Center

2002 New Diagnostic Center brings existing neurological services together at one location

2001 Sleep Disorders Center opens

2001 First Gamma Knife Center opened in downstate Illinois

1998 Neuro-Ophthalmology services are introduced

1998 Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center established to provide medical and surgical treatment for complex epilepsy problems

1997 OSF Stroke Network forms and links many central Illinois hospitals for improved stroke care

1995 First Guglielmi detachable coil (GDC) utilized for treatment of intracranial aneurysms

1993 First LINAC radiosurgery program in downstate Illinois

1983 First intensive care unit for neurology and neurosurgery in downstate Illinois opens and aids in care of patients in botulism outbreak

1980 First myelodysplasia clinic to treat pediatric patients with spinal cord abnormalities

1980 University of Illinois approves residency program in neurological surgery

1979 University of Illinois initiates neurology residency

1973 First head CAT scan unit installed in Illinois

1971 University of Illinois College of Medicine forms Neuroscience Discipline

1968 Micro-neurosurgery program begun

1963 Neuro nursing unit, first specialized team for neurological care in downstate Illinois, opens

1962 Catheter biplane neurovascular angiography begun by Dr. Robert Wright

1949 Dr. Lawrence Holden performs first neurosurgery at OSF Saint Francis