Le Bonheur opens Neurosurgical ICU

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Le Bonheur’s Neuroscience Institute opened a new Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) Feb. 25. Located on the hospital’s Sixth Floor, the unit cares for patients after an elective neurosurgery.

Le Bonheur’s Neuroscience Institute opened a new six-bed Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) Feb. 25. Located on the hospital’s Sixth Floor, the unit cares for patients after an elective neurosurgery. This primarily includes brain tumor, epilepsy and spine surgery patients.

Charles Scott, 15, of Bristol, Tenn., (pictured at right with Brain Tumor Program Director Tracy Tidwell) was the first patient admitted to the new unit.

Frederick Boop, MD, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and co-director of Le Bonheur’s Neuroscience Institute, and Stephanie Storgion, MD, pediatric critical care specialist, are the unit’s medical directors.

“Le Bonheur is one of the few children’s hospitals in the country to have the volume to support a dedicated pediatric Neuro ICU,” said Boop. “We hope that by having a dedicated Neuro ICU with dedicated nurses and staff, we can provide a higher level of care for these patients.”

“As our Neuroscience Institute continues to grow, so does the complexity of the patients referred here from around the country and around the world. We are now at a point where a dedicated critical care unit for neurosurgery patients will take us to the next level of capability.”