Jersey Shore University Medical Center Opens Neuro-Intensive Care Unit
Region’s only hospital with designated Stroke Rescue Center and Trauma Center opens a specialized post-operative intensive care unit for most critical neurological and neurosurgical patients
Jersey Shore University Medical Center recently opened a Neuro-Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU) – a dedicated post-operative intensive care unit treating patients with life-threatening neurological and neurosurgical illnesses, including subarachnoid hemorrhage, aneurysm, complex stroke, bleeding in the brain, brain injury, epilepsy, spinal cord disorders and nerve and muscle diseases. As the first of its kind in Monmouth and Ocean counties, Jersey Shore’s Neuro-ICU provides specialized, comprehensive care for severe neurological and neurosurgical conditions, and access to the region’s only designated comprehensive Stroke Rescue Center and Level II Trauma Center.
Ronald Benitez, M.D., Neurosurgery, medical director for Stroke Rescue Center at Jersey Shore, explains, “Meridian Health treats more than 2,000 stroke patients a year. In severe cases, patients may suffer a hemorrhagic stroke, when an aneurysm ruptures in the brain, or a severe ischemic stroke, when a blood vessel is blocked. For these patients, immediate access to the Neuro-ICU’s state-of-the-art treatments, physician experts and advanced monitoring can dramatically improve survival rates.”
Jersey Shore’s 12-bed Neuro-ICU provides post-operative critical care for the most complex neurological procedures. Patients receive intensive monitoring, and around-the-clock care from a team of clinicians from neurosurgery, neurology, trauma, radiology, anesthesiology, nutrition, pharmacology, physical therapy and social work. Patients typically require a one to two week stay in the Neuro-ICU, and are assigned a dedicated nurse for one-on-one care.
According to Adam Shiroff, M.D., chief of Trauma and medical director, Neuro-Intensive Care at Jersey Shore, “When someone experiences a traumatic brain injury or a massive stroke, timely care from a team of specialists can make all the difference in their recovery. As the first in the region, Jersey Shore’s Neuro-ICU provides these patients a comprehensive post-operative recovery experience supported by neurological and neurosurgical intensivists, the most advanced technology and monitoring, and educational resources for families and patients.”
About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Through the hospital’s clinical research program, and its affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit www.JerseyShoreUniversityMedicalCenter.com.