Fairview Hospital Opens New Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Stephen Samples, MD, Vice Chair, Regional Neurosciences, Dileep Nair, MD, Head of Adult Epilepsy Cleveland Clinic, Brent Burkey, MD, Information Technology, David T. Dombrowiak, President & CEO, Community West Foundation, John Mills, VP and COO Fairview Hospital, Neil P. Smith, DO, President Fairview Hospital, J. Stephen Jones, MD, President, Regional Hospitals & Family Health Centers, Deb Small, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Fairview Hospital, at the ribbon cutting for the new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Fairview Hospital. Community West Foundation provided $350,000 for the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Stephen Samples, MD, Vice Chair, Regional Neurosciences, Dileep Nair, MD, Head of Adult Epilepsy Cleveland Clinic, Brent Burkey, MD, Information Technology, David T. Dombrowiak, President & CEO, Community West Foundation, John Mills, VP and COO Fairview Hospital, Neil P. Smith, DO, President Fairview Hospital, J. Stephen Jones, MD, President, Regional Hospitals & Family Health Centers, Deb Small, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Fairview Hospital, at the ribbon cutting for the new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Fairview Hospital. Community West Foundation provided $350,000 for the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital has opened a new four-bed adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) to deliver state of the art evaluation, diagnosis and monitoring of patients with epilepsy.

As an expansion of the Epilepsy Center located on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, the facility features the latest technology of all-digital video EEG equipment. Operating around the clock, the unit is staffed by a team of nurses and EEG technologists specializing in epilepsy and backed by the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center’s large team of epileptologists. The team also includes specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, psychology and psychiatry, as well as a large group of specialized nurses, social workers and clinical technologists

“We are very excited to open the new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Fairview Hospital,” said Neil P. Smith, DO, President of Fairview Hospital. “We are always looking for ways to build on the quality care we can provide to our community so patients can receive the care they need close to home.”

Dr. Neil Smith indicates the location of Epilepsy Monitoring cameras within Fairview Hospital’s new EMU (Epilepsy Monitoring Unit).

Dr. Neil Smith indicates the location of Epilepsy Monitoring cameras within Fairview Hospital’s new EMU (Epilepsy Monitoring Unit).

Community West Foundation provided $350,000 for the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.Financial support from the Community West Foundation has always been an important part of the success of Fairview Hospital.

Epilepsy is one of the most common adult brain disorders. It is estimated 200,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every year. There are as many people with epilepsy as with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy combined. Over 3 million people in the United States are living with this disease.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our epilepsy services to Fairview Hospital and the Westside community. The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit will now give patients in this community access to evaluations, diagnosis and monitoring for seizure detection,” said Dileep Nair, MD, head of Adult Epilepsy at Cleveland Clinic. “The new unit will be connected to the clinic’s Central Monitoring Unit and will give patient’s access to live EEG monitoring 24 hours a day. Bringing this capability into the community, gives the patients better access to advanced technology and care.”

The new state-of-the-art unit, overlooking the Metro Parks at Fairview Hospital, will be uniquely connected to Cleveland Clinic’s state of the art Central Monitoring Unit, the first in the world to serve as a true live control center with the ability to monitor EEG 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for all Cleveland Clinic patients in the monitoring units, the hospital beds, the Intensive Care Units (ICUs), and the operating rooms at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, Florida and now Fairview Hospital. The implementation of this innovative infrastructure represents a paradigm shift in the concept of live neurophysiologic monitoring with direct feedback, thus optimizing seizure detection and patient treatment outcomes.

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