New Epilepsy Unit at Fairview Hospital
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 EMU 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.”
Epilepsy is one of the most common adult brain disorders. It is estimated that 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 three 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 West Side community. The EMU 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, 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.