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It took only seconds but the effect of a recent ribbon cutting at University Medical Center of El Paso ushering in UMC’s Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit may have changed the future of brain care in El Paso for the next century.
UMC’s Neurosciences ICU is a one of a kind eight-bed unit for patients recovering from stroke, brain surgery, ruptured and non-ruptured aneurysms, seizures, and nervous system infections. The Neurosciences ICU encompasses Neuro-Critical Care, Neuro-Interventional Radiology and Neuro Surgery.
"This is the first unit of its class in the El Paso region and allows us to take care of neuro critical patients in person with 24/7 coverage by neuro trained professionals," said Dr. Salvador Cruz-Flores, Medical Director of Neurosciences ICU. Dr. Cruz is also the Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Neurology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso.
UMC is the only hospital to have 24/7 coverage by an onsite Interventional Neurologist, have a Neuro Critical Care Team that provides patient care from start to finish and that does not use tele-neurology for patient care. The UMC Neurosciences unit cares for over 300 stroke patients a year, in addition to other cerebral vascular and neurosurgery patients.
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