CHI St. Vincent North has received a new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in partnership with Advanced Monitoring Services.
“This unit is an incredible step forward for our community and those from across the state and region who come to ANI for the very best in neurological care,” Arkansas Neuroscience Institute director Dr. Ali Krisht said in a statement. “Staff in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit benefit from direct coordination with our team of neurosurgeons at ANI to ensure the full continuum of care as we work daily to improve treatment outcomes for patients, map the human brain and tackle the most complex cases.”
The new unit provides advanced neurodiagnostic resources such as electroencephalograms (EEGs), long-term seizure monitoring and ambulatory monitoring so patients will benefit from real-time observation by board certified staff within the unit even when the patient is at home.
“The key here is real-time monitoring that our teams at CHI St. Vincent North and ANI are able to provide, whether a patient is with us in the hospital or at home,” said Shawn Barnett, president of CHI St. Vincent North. “Now even if they go home and suffer a second seizure a week later, our teams will be able to see where the seizure originated and then design a specialized treatment specific to their condition. That not only improves the level and timeliness of care we’re able to provide that patient, but it also gives Dr. Krisht and his team at the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute the detailed insight they need to constantly improve treatments for other Arkansans.”
The new unit will help patients referred by their neurologists or individuals taken to the Emergency Department due to a fall, head injury, seizure or altered mental state with an unknown cause. CHI St. Vincent provides a comprehensive program that includes all aspects of neurosurgery and the range of neurological disorders. There are outpatient options and inpatient treatments according to each case and specific to the condition.
The new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit allows CHI St. Vincent North to continue leading in neurological care in the state of Arkansas and the neuroscience destination for patients to receive the most advanced and successful care. CHI St. Vincent North completed a $30 million renovation in 2019 to develop new neurosurgery, education and research facilities in central Arkansas. This renovation included the creation of the new M.G. Yasargil Neurosurgical Research and Education Center and O. AI-Mefty Microneurosurgery Laboratory as part of ANI to improve services for patients and workers.