Inpatient care is provided in our Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and two neuro-dedicated patient care units – 4 North B, and 3B Medical. All three feature continuous, live EEG monitoring and portable CT capabilities. In addition, the hospital’s Rapid Response Team can be called at any time to quickly to address any urgent changes in a patient’s condition.
The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU)
The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is a highly specialized critical care inpatient unit for adult patients who have experienced a stroke or other neurological illness, or who have just undergone neurosurgery, a neurointerventional procedure, or treatment with tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) or another clot-busting medication. Patients with unstable vital signs or serious chronic illnesses may be also be brought to the Neuro ICU for close observation and monitoring of their neurological functions.
Our Unit and Technology
Our Neuro ICU contains private patient rooms that are wired for continuous neurological and cardiac monitoring. All our rooms offer easy viewing access by our physicians and nurses at all times. Our portable CT scanner makes it easy and safe to image patients right in their rooms, without having to move them for their diagnostic tests.
Our Visiting Hours and Polices
Rest and quiet time are important for your loved one's recovery. We offer flexible visiting hours to encourage family and friends to participate in the care of loved ones in the Neuro ICU. Please speak to a nurse to arrange appropriate times.
Our Neuro ICU Team
Our Neuro ICU team is headed by The Valley Hospital’s Medical Director for Critical Care, a board-certified intensivist and internist. His associate directors include a board-certified neurologist and neurosurgeon. Rounding out the physician team are other board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, pulmonologists, physiatrists, and other physicians. Complementing these doctors are a physician assistant and an advanced practice nurse.
The unit’s nursing staff is led by the nurse manager of our Neuroscience Care Center. All of our unit’s registered nurses have significant experience in caring for patients with neurological illnesses and injuries. All of them are trained in critical care, advanced life support, and advanced cardiac life support. Many of them have also attained national certification in critical care and/or neurological nursing. All of our nurses and patient care associates receive ongoing education in the care of patients recovering from stroke.
Our Neuro ICU team also includes case managers, medical social workers, pastoral care staff, and inpatient physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists as well as holistic, pastoral care and palliative care services. Our entire team strives to help patients heal and move forward to a step-down inpatient unit, acute-care rehabilitation facility, or long-term-care facility. Our case managers can assist family members with placements after discharge. Our medical social workers can make recommendations for community resources following discharge from the hospital.