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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 21, 2022) – UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) officially unveiled its new inpatient unit on the fifth floor of Pavilion A at the University of Kentucky’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital on Thursday. Patients will begin to occupy the floor this weekend.
“At UK HealthCare, we are focused on solving the health problems of Kentuckians,” said Mark F. Newman, MD, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. “With the opening of the fifth floor of Pavilion A, we are taking another step towards improving treatments and outcomes for people with neurological health conditions, including stroke, epilepsy and others. With our state-of-the-art monitoring technology, the expertise of the state’s top neurologists, and new and improved equipment for patients and families, this new floor helps advance our vision of creating a healthier Kentucky.
The new fifth floor combines units focused on providing comprehensive care for patients with complex neurological conditions in one centralized location. The new floor spans Towers 100 and 200 of Pavilion A and covers more than 66,000 square feet. The space houses 32 progressive care rooms, 20 neuro intensive care (NICU) rooms and a 12-room Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) – which will make the UK the largest EMU in the state .
The EMU will use state-of-the-art continuous video-electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring technology to assess, diagnose and treat patients with possible epilepsy. An integrated EMU adjacent to the NICU creates ideal flow for complex neurological patients.
“I and the entire epilepsy care team are thrilled with the opening of our new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU),” said Meriem Bensalem-Owen, MD, medical director of the epilepsy program. NAEC level 4 KNI epilepsy. “After much anticipation and careful planning, our new 12-bed adult EMU will provide patients and their loved ones with spacious private rooms and an improved design focused on patient safety and comfort. It’s our commitment to Kentuckians and patients in the region, and beyond. “
The unique floor design and layout will bring staff and providers to the bedside rather than the other way around. In addition to 64 inpatient rooms, the new fifth floor also houses its own physical and occupational therapy gymnasium and an X-ray suite with a portable scanner that can go directly to the patient’s bedside. Both features will significantly improve a patient’s treatment by having these services available without having to travel to another UK HealthCare area.
The new inpatient floor also allows easy access to UK HealthCare’s new neuro-interventional radiology (NIR) procedure space. The NIR space contains 43 prep/recovery beds with several new angio suites, including two biplane suites, and an intra-procedural scanner for complex cases.
“The new inpatient neuroscience unit combines state-of-the-art technology with comprehensive patient management to provide optimal care for our patients. We view each patient’s admission as a story that must be of the highest quality from start to finish,” said Justin Fraser, MD, Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UK HealthCare and Surgical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center in the UK.
KNI offers the most advanced and robust specialty care package in the state as the only hospital in the region to maintain the standards required to receive the highest accreditations available in all of the following areas of care: Stroke brain, epilepsy, ALS and multiple sclerosis. Whatever the condition, UK HealthCare is committed to helping patients overcome it while meeting the needs of their loved ones.
“The new KNI inpatient unit has been designed with the help of British professors, nurses and staff in neurology and neurosurgery. This new space is specifically dedicated to caring for patients with complex neurological conditions in an environment that also supports their families and friends,” said Larry Goldstein, MD, Ruth Louise Works Endowed Professor, Chair of the Department of Neurology, UK College of Medicine , and co-director of KNI.
In addition to emphasizing patient care, the new fifth floor contains kitchenette spaces for families and visitors staying for long periods to provide convenient and more affordable meal options. There is also a dedicated lactation area and the lounges inside the floor have been created to be warm, welcoming and comfortable.