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Cara Petrus to Oversee Operations at Arkansas Neuroscience Institute

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CHI St. Vincent said Monday that Cara Petrus has been named director for the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute.

Petrus has been leading the institute’s move to its St. Vincent North campus in Sherwood. Its new home, the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute Research and Education Center, is scheduled to open June 14. The center aims to improve treatment outcomes, map the human brain and train surgeons.

In her role, Petrus will oversee the institute’s day-to-day business operations. Dr. Ali Krisht, the renowned neurosurgeon who just won the 2019 Herbert Olivecrona Award, will continue to lead the institute’s core activities dealing with neurosurgery and neurological disorders.

Petrus received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s in health care administration from St. Louis University.

CHI St. Vincent announced in 2017 that it would move the ANI into a $4 million center adjacent to its renovated Sherwood campus. The center will have a 250-seat auditorium, lab facilities, a conference room and a space to accommodate future growth. 

The ANI is a comprehensive program incorporating all aspects of neurosurgery and neurological disorders, including skull-base surgery, vascular neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, spine and spinal cord surgery epilepsy surgery and surgery for movement disorders. The group performs more than 1,000 surgeries per year.

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