In response to the recent surge in neurological patients and an increased demand for neurological treatment, Emory Healthcare’s Neurosciences program has made strides over the last year in broadening the program’s reach and capacity.
Emory Neurosciences, which includes Emory Healthcare’s Neurosurgery and Neurology divisions, is a leader in neurological treatments and services and consistently ranked as one of the industry’s best. Both the Neurology and Neurosurgery divisions were recently ranked 12th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, many of Emory’s neurologists and neurosurgeons are consistently recognized as Atlanta’s Top Doctors by Atlanta Magazine and as America’s Top Doctors.
In an effort to further accommodate the increase in patient demand, Emory Neurosciences has implemented several key improvements over the last year:
State-of-the-Art Neuro ICU Renovations
In May of this year, Emory’s Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Emory University Hospital Midtown was completely renovated to increase patient and family comfort and incorporate the latest innovations in medical technology.
All 12 rooms of the Neuro ICU were overhauled and each now includes continuous electroencephalogram (EEG) capabilities to constantly measure and record electrical brain activity, and a physician viewing station to monitor each patient. Additional renovations such as new flooring, furniture, and even flat screen TVs were also incorporated to improve patient and family care and comfort. The renovations also incorporated the latest technology in patient lifting equipment and glass doors that block sound and allow our nurses to keep a close eye on patients from their nursing stations.
Expert Neuro Doctor Additions
The addition of two new physicians at The Emory Clinic at Kennestone, physiatrist Hassan Monfared, MD, and neurosurgeon Kenneth Hill, Jr., MD have also allowed Emory Neurosciences to further expand its service offerings and geographic reach.
Monfared, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, is the first physiatrist at the clinic’s Marietta location. He brings 20 years of experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation services and has particular expertise in pain medicine and chronic spinal pain. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine.
Hill, assistant professor of neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine, graduated from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and served his residency at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He was a neuro-oncology fellow at Emory. His surgical interests are in brain and spinal tumors, degenerative spine diseases and general neurosurgical procedures.
“With the addition of Monfared and Hill, we are able to strengthen our commitment to provide excellent patient care and services to the residents of Marietta and surrounding communities,” says Barrow. “At the same time, they will help us proudly continue to advance the surgical treatment of neurological disorders and the tradition of excellence in medicine that Emory has come to be known for the world over.”
New Technology – Myriad System
Opening a completely renovated ICU, and the addition of new physicians are not the only changes being made at Emory. New technology is also being incorporated into neurosciences offerings at Emory.
The Myriad system, is one of several new high-tech systems installed in the recently opened neuro-endoscopic operating room suite at Emory University Hospital Midtown. The device’s superior control allows for extremely precise surgical work in removing both malignant and non-malignant tumors. Because the majority of the surgeries performed are endoscopic procedures, with small cameras projecting the surgical site in the brain onto monitors, clear and well-defined, high definition images are vital. The specialty operating room also consists of four high-definition monitors, two overhead high-definition cameras and a state-of-the art control system that can conference out live procedures for teaching purposes.
The combination of these advancements has allowed Emory Healthcare to better partner with community physicians in providing neurological care. We will continue to keep you updated on breakthroughs from Emory Neurosciences. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.