Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, a 381-bed hospital located at two campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis, has opened a new neuroscience inpatient unit at its St. Paul campus.
The opening of the new unit, which has been named the Karen and George Benz Family Pediatric Neuroscience Center, represents a milestone in the evolution of Children’s neuroscience programme.
Featuring 26 private rooms, the new unit will be dedicated to the care of epilepsy and neurosurgery patients. The unit provides 24hr epilepsy monitoring.
Children’s chief medical officer Dr Phil Kibort said that the hospital treats more children with neurological conditions than any other institution in the region.
"Over the last decade we’ve seen a steady increase in traumatic brain injuries, pediatric brain cancers and premature babies with neurological issues," Dr Kibort added.
"Our goal over the next several years is to continue to expand our neuroscience offerings so we can meet the growing needs of patients with both acute and chronic neurological conditions and do so in ways that few other hospitals can provide."
The hospital offers a broad spectrum of neurological-related subspecialists, including paediatric neurosurgeons, paediatric neurologists and epileptologists, paediatric psychologists, neuro-radiologists and geneticists.
As the neuroscience programme expands, the hospital will bring these experts together – at one location – to provide the latest in neurological diagnostic services and treatment, while providing patients with more efficient and convenient care.
Located in St. Paul, recent additions to the programme include the new epilepsy and neurosurgery inpatient unit, a new neurosurgery suite, concussion clinic, sleep lab expansion and a neonatal neuro-intensive care unit.
Children’s neurosurgery medical director Dr Joseph Petronio said the hospital is making significant advancements through the use of innovative technology and procedures.
"The most recent example is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses heat and MRI guided imaging to treat brain tumours and epilepsy. The technology helps minimise pain and speeds recovery, with patients usually discharged within 24 hours," Dr Petronio added.
Karen and George Benz have donated $3m to the Children’s St. Paul unit and so the facility bears their name in recognition of this contribution.
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is an independent, not-for-profit healthcare system, with more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits each year.