About

MISSION, VISION AND VALUES

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide exceptional personalized neurologic care.

Vision Statement

As one of the largest physician-owned neurology practices in the nation, our vision is to be the leading provider of neurology services for our patients and medical community, and the employer of choice for physicians and staff.

Guiding Principles

We are committed to:

• Our focus on highest quality care and patient satisfaction
• Advancing our knowledge and expertise in the field of neurology
• Having an engaged and empowered workforce

• Using technology effectively and efficiently
• Adapting in a rapidly changing healthcare environment

Core Values

We value:

• Exceptional Patient Care
• Teamwork
• Professionalism
• Respect
• Service Excellence

CLINIC HISTORY

Following WWII there was an explosion of medical research and knowledge, leading to a trend toward greater medical specialization. Over the past 100 years or so, nervous system specialists, known as neuropsychiatrists, handled the spectrum of psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and manic-depression, as well as neurologic disorders such as stroke, MS, or Parkinson’s disease. However, both fields were becoming too complex, prompting the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to begin certifying neurologists and psychiatrists separately, though both still had about one fourth of their training in the other field.

On the local scene, this phenomenon was noted by a small group of neurologists and a small group of psychiatrists, who merged in 1955 and formed The Minneapolis Neuropsychiatric Clinic. This association, which lasted for 30 years, provided full spectrum service in these two overlapping fields. At that point, it became clear that the two were very different specialties and that there was no longer a need to remain as one group. The neurologists retained the building in Golden Valley and the name was changed to the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology, Ltd.

We were one of the first and few specialty clinics to build our own medical building. Located at the north end of Sweeney Lake on 8.8 acres in Golden Valley, the building has received national architectural awards.

It was constructed in the 1960s with an addition added later.

There have been, and still are, a number of unique features about the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology (MCN):

•  We were one of the first group practices of medical specialists in the Twin Cities.

  We were one of the first groups to locate in the suburbs, rather than remain practicing downtown in the Medical Arts Building or Physician & Surgeons Building – in other words, to go where the patients were. This effort to accommodate patients for their convenience, not ours, continues to be a priority of MCN. We now have a number of satellite offices in the greater Minneapolis area.

  We are the largest single-specialty neurology clinic in the nation. This allows us to bring a great deal of expertise to bear on neurologic problems – adult and pediatric.

•  In the 1970s, we began making day trips to medical facilities in communities in out-state Minnesota and adjacent states that were not large enough to attract a fulltime neurologist. We again went where the patients were for their convenience, not ours. People in rural areas were delighted with this new service, as many were reluctant to drive to or in a large city.

  In the 1980s, as neurologic knowledge increased even further, we encouraged some of our neurologists to subspecialize in particular diseases as well as carry on a general neurologic practice. This has led to an excellence of care for persons with epilepsy, MS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurologic conditions. In addition, it has led to research studies, which provide our patients with cutting edge therapies.

•  Most of our neurologists also hold academic appointments through the University of Minnesota where they contribute their experience and knowledge to medical students and family practice residents.  In return, they are challenged to maintain their expertise.

  We have managed to remain an independent medical practice at a time when many have been sold to hospitals or HMOs. We believe we can be better advocates for our patients if we retain this independence.

Joseph A. Resch, M.D., F.A.A.N.
Co-Founder of Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology

By Frederick T. Strobl, M.D.

Dr. Joseph A. Resch was one of the co-founders of Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology and a pioneer in the University of Minnesota’s neurology department.  After co-founding the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology and Psychiatry in 1955, he joined the University of Minnesota fulltime as a neurology professor in 1962, later going on to become the department’s second head in 1976.  He also served as Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for over a decade until his retirement in 1982.

According to the University’s neurology department, Dr. Resch also played a prominent role in the foundation of vital contemporary neurological institutions.  When he first came to the University in 1946, where he served a two-year neurological residency, he pointed out to then-chair of the neurology department, Dr. A.B. Baker, that neurology students didn’t have an external resource for continuing their education.  This complaint led to the foundation of the American Academy of Neurology in 1948, which saluted Dr. Resch during its 60th anniversary celebration in March 2008.  Dr. Resch served as a board member for the Academy in the 1970’s and helped keep its national headquarters in St. Paul.  The AAN is now an international professional association with 21,000 members, 127 staff members and a $30 million operating budget.