New Critical Care Unit for Stroke Patients

New neuro-vascular critical care unit offers round-the-clock care.
High-tech equipment includes portable CT scanner and Ceribell devices.
Named 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care for many successive years in a row.

Paul Hiltz, President/CEO, FACHE

I am excited to announce that NCH has opened the new state of the art Neurovascular Critical Care Unit (NVCCU).

Opening this new critical care unit is one of the final pieces to becoming a Joint Commission-accredited thrombectomy capable comprehensive stroke center.

In December 2022, medical and administrative staffers gathered at the Downtown Baker Campus for a ceremonial ribbon cutting of the new NCH NVCCU, to celebrate the hospital system’s new capabilities.

The NCH patient population includes approximately 1,500strokes per year, and 10 percent of those require some advanced or intensive care.

Staffed 24/7, the new NVCCU brings together neuro-critical nurses and board-certified critical care physicians to ensure patients have access to the most effective and up-to-date care at a time when minutes matter. Here, we are able to provide the highest level of monitoring and intervention to help people recover, to get them back to living their lives.

The new facility adds 16 new beds with critical care capability and represents a $9.2 million capital investment. Each patient room has a large window to the outside world, helping create a healing environment and allowing patients to maintain circadian rhythms.

High-tech equipment includes a portable CT scanner, and the Ceribell device that measures brain activity, which is able to be set up in under five minutes. The EEG data is streamed toa secure cloud portal, enabling the neurologist to review it in realtime.

This is another stride that NCH has taken in our mission to become an Advanced Community Healthcare System™.

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