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PHYSICIAN REFERRAL LINE (888) 884-MU-DOC Press 1 Admissions, transfers and consults FALL 2012 UNIVERSITY PHYSICIANS / UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HEALTH CARE Press 2 Clinic appointments Press 3 Outpatient procedures and testing the only hospital recognized in central missouri Read more on page 3. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 1 5 Cameras (night vision on right) Patient television Video-EEG acquisition machine Video-EEG monitors Hospital review monitors EEG review station ASCOM (communication device) 2 3 4 6 7 MISSOURI OPENS NEURO-SCIENCES CENTER IN August, University of Missouri Health Care opened the Missouri Neurosciences Center at University Hospital. It offers patients with complex neurological disorders access to a state-of-the art diagnostic and treatment center. University physicians on the neurosciences team specialize in: • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia • Epilepsy and seizure surgery • Movement disorders and deep brain stimulation • Multiple sclerosis • Neurological oncology surgery for • Stroke and surgical or endovascular brain and spinal tumors care of brain aneurysms and other • Neuromuscular diseases and vascular malformations peripheral nerve surgery • Back pain and spinal surgery • Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery • Head and spinal trauma • Sleep disorders (continued on page 2)
Missouri Neuro-sciences Center Opens
IN August, University of Missouri Health Care opened the Missouri Neurosciences Center at University Hospital. It offers patients with complex neurological disorders access to a state-of-the art diagnostic and treatment center.<br /> <br /> University physicians on the neurosciences team specialize in:<br /> <br /> • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia<br /> <br /> • Epilepsy and seizure surgery<br /> <br /> • Movement disorders and deep brain stimulation<br /> <br /> • Multiple sclerosis<br /> <br /> • Neurological oncology surgery for brain and spinal tumors<br /> <br /> • Neuromuscular diseases and peripheral nerve surgery<br /> <br /> • Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery<br /> <br /> • Sleep disorders<br /> <br /> • Stroke and surgical or endovascular care of brain aneurysms and other vascular malformations<br /> <br /> • Back pain and spinal surgery<br /> <br /> • Head and spinal trauma<br /> <br /> N. Scott Litofsky, MD, chief of the Division of Neurosurgery in the MU School of Medicine and director of neuro-oncology and radiosurgery at MU Health Care, noted that the center is home to mid- Missouri’s largest team of physicians specializing in neurosurgery and neurology.<br /> <br /> “University neurosurgeons are experts at procedures such as deep brain stimulation for the treatment of movement disorders, surgeries for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures, neurological oncology procedures for treating brain and spinal tumors, and surgical care for back pain and spine injuries,” Litofsky said.<br /> <br /> The 18,119-square-foot center off ers 28 private patient rooms, all equipped with automated hospital “smart room” technology.<br /> <br /> “With comprehensive neuroscience programs, including nationally recognized stroke and epilepsy programs, we wanted a center that would off er our patients, and our team, an equally impressive clinical facility,” said Pradeep Sahota, MD, chair of the medical school’s Department of Neurology and director of MU Health Care’s sleep disorders program.<br /> <br /> Each patient room features automated technology for collection of patient data such as heart rate and vital signs, and automatic uploading of the data into the electronic medical record, where it is accessible to the patient’s team of caregivers. A bar code scanning system helps ensure the correct medication is provided at the right time, and in the right dose.<br /> <br /> “The room really becomes part of the patient’s care so the nurse can add that human touch,” said Joanne Burns, RN, MPA, chief information offi cer at MU Health Care. “The information is right there at the caregivers’ fi ngertips so that they spend more time with their patients and less time wor king with equipment to get that data.” <br /> <br /> The new neurosciences center features four patient rooms specially equipped for epilepsy monitoring. When a patient in one of those r ooms begins to have a seizure, multiple systems are instantly activated to collect data for diagnosis and treatment. The technology includes video and audio recording devices, and electroencephalography.<br /> <br /> “The room itself captures the data,” Burns said. “This can be triggered by the patient, if he feels a seizure is starting, or by epilepsy monitoring technology, if the patient should fail to know that a seizure is about to occur.” <br /> <br /> In addition to the state-of-the-art technology, the Missouri Neurosciences Center was also designed with function and comfort in mind. The private patient rooms are spacious to allow room for a patient’s family and friends. The rooms are equipped with a large-screen monitor that doubles as both a television and a vehicle for viewing patient data.<br /> <br /> University Hospital’s Missouri Epilepsy Program was designated a Level 4 epilepsy center in 2012 by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. The hospital’s Missouri Stroke Program received the Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award in 2012, the highest distinction possible from Get With The Guidelines®, a hospital-based quality improvement program developed by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.