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Winthrop’s Neuroscience Special Care Unit Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

In 2002, Winthrop-University Hospital built the first and only Neuroscience Special Care Unit on Long Island. In 10 years, this highly specialized unit, dedicated to caring for patients recovering from complex neurosurgical procedures or those with acute neurological problems, has become the regional leader in the delivery of advanced, specialized care for patients.


Members of Administration, physicians and staff from Winthrop’s Neuroscience Special Care Unit recently gathered to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Unit.

“The Neuroscience Special Care Unit at Winthrop boasts the most experienced neurosciences healthcare practitioners on Long Island,” said Michael Brisman, MD, Chief of Winthrop’s Division of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Unit. “Our outstanding team of doctors, nurses and physician assistants are experts in treating and managing a wide range of neurological problems.”

“Very few hospitals nationwide have separate units dedicated to neurology and neurosurgery patients such as the one at Winthrop,” explained Elzbieta Wirkowski, MD, Co-Director of the Unit and Director of the Cerebrovascular Program at Winthrop, adding, “And studies have shown that patients with neurological problems who are treated in a specialized unit have better outcomes than patients with the same problems who are treated in a general ICU.”


(Left) Co-Directors of Winthrop’s Neuroscience Special Care Unit, Elzbieta Wirkowski, MD, Director of the Cerebrovascular Program at Winthrop, and Michael Brisman, MD, Chief of Winthrop’s Division of Neurosurgery, whose vision and leadership was instrumental in establishing this highly specialized Unit at Winthrop a decade ago.
Proud of their vast achievements and the countless patients whose lives have been forever changed by the care they received while in the Unit, staff members from the 14-bed Unit recently gathered to commemorate its 10 year anniversary.

This multidisciplinary team includes specially trained neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurointensivists, nurses, PAs and other caregivers who are dedicated to preserving the quality of life for individuals who have suffered brain trauma. As patients are monitored around-the-clock, the team is sensitive to even the most subtle neurological changes so that any problems that arise can be addressed quickly and as a result, improve patient outcomes.

The Unit is also home to the latest diagnostic tools – including a sophisticated Doppler system that monitors blood flow through the vessels of the brain, electroencephalogram (EEG) and intracranial pressure monitoring device – for rapid analysis and intervention.
Vol. 22, No. 2
Summer 2012

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