Comprehensive Neurological Intensive Care Unit Opens at Winthrop
New Unit Provides Patients with Advanced Monitoring Technology

Vol. 12, No. 2
August, 2002

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  • Winthrop�s Orthopedic Surgeons Provide Access to New Type of Relief for Knee Pain
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    New Unit Provides Patients with Advanced Monitoring Technology

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  • Anew, technologically advanced, 14-bed neurological intensive care unit was officially opened at Winthrop-University Hospital's Institute for Neurosciences, offering the most comprehensive techniques for monitoring the activity of the brain in patients who require intensive neurological care.

    "This unit is devoted solely to the neuroscience patient, allowing our doctors and nurses to focus on a patient's nervous system," said Alan Rosenthal, MD, Chief, Division of Neurosurgery at Winthrop.

    "The new unit is one of the most unique in the region with the most advanced brain monitoring technology," stated Elzbieta Wirkowski, MD, Director of Cerebrovascular Disorders. "In cases where a patient suffering from brain trauma is comatose and cannot communicate, our monitoring systems allow us to see exactly how the brain is functioning and how to best fix the problem."

    The advanced technology includes the addition of the Doppler system, which monitors the blood flow through the vessels of the brain. The unit is also equipped with EEG monitors as well as intercranical pressure monitoring devices, which measure electrical activity and metabolism of brain tissue as well as monitor intracranial pressure in patients who suffer from debilitating strokes, brain aneurysms or brain injuries. This allows physicians to make quick and accurate decisions about a patient's neurological state to secure the best possible outcome.

    "The unit is staffed with nurses specially trained in the care of patients with brain injuries or trauma," added Ellen Sanner, RN, MS, Director of Nursing for Medicine at Winthrop. "It will enable staff to care for more patients in an area of the Hospital equipped for their specific neurological needs, allowing for an even higher level of patient care."

    "The ability to diagnose a patient's problem quickly and accurately matters greatly in their recovery," added Dr. Wirkowksi. "Every brain cell we can save will determine how a patient will recover normal functions like walking and swallowing. The neurological intensive care unit is about preserving a patient's quality of life."

    For more information on Winthrop's Institute for Neurosciences, call 1-866 Neuro Rx.

    Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital (fifth from left) helps Alan Rosenthal, MD, Chief, Division of Neurosurgery (center with scissors) and Malcolm Gottesman, MD, Chief, Division of Neurology (fourth from right), cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Winthrop�s new Neurological Intensive Care Unit. Helping celebrate the official opening of the unit is: Orlando Ortiz, MD, Chairman, Department of Radiology (left), James J. Daly, Hospital Trustee (second from left, back row); Patrick K. Long, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors (third from left); Richard A. Newhouse, Jr., Chairman, Board of Directors (fourth from left); Mr. Walsh; Dr. Rosenthal, Dr. Gottesman; Elzbieta Wirkowski, MD, Director of Cerebrovascular Disorders (third from right); Valerie Terzano, RN, BSN, MSN, CNA Vice President of Nursing (second from right); and Karen Skoglund, RN, Nurse Manager. (Back row, left-right): Garry Schwall, PA, Administrator, Surgical Services; a Winthrop resident; Ellen Sanner, RN, MS, Director of Nursing for Medicine; and Tony Adams, MPAS, RPA-C. Associate Director of PA/NP Services.

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