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TriStar Centennial Medical Center Opens New 8-Bed Neurosciences ICU

April 19, 2012

NSICU Open House
TriStar Centennial Medical Center's Adrian Jarquin-Valdivia, M.D., neurointensivist, (right) and Machell Simms, director of Neurosciences, pose for a photo during a telemedicine demonstration in a the new Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit.

Nashville, Tenn., (April 19, 2012) – TriStar Centennial Medical Center is proud to announce the opening of a new Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) this month.

The dedicated 8-bed specialty unit provides comprehensive care for critically ill patients with complex surgical, medical, and multi-system conditions, focusing on neurosurgical and neurological conditions. Patients are most commonly diagnosed and treated in the NSICU for stroke, seizures, post-neurosurgical interventions, aneurysm repair and clot removal after a stroke, vascular surgery, multi-system organ failure, and overdose.

“The new Neurosciences ICU space and location were designed with ease of access for patients and physicians in mind, from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation,” said Machell Simms, director of Neurosciences at TriStar Centennial. “Our highly trained neurological physicians and registered nurses are providing comprehensive neurological care for our patients in spacious rooms with technology that enhances their ability to provide highly specialized and quality care.”

Simms explained that the neurosciences team also places a strong emphasis on family member involvement with NSICU patient care plan development and decisions.

“Neurological patients frequently are not awake enough to answer questions for themselves so the neurosciences team focuses on patient care plans that include family members,” she said. “Family members assist our team in making more informed decisions by providing information about their loved ones, and our team is able to educate family members about the long-term care needs of their loved ones.”

NSICU offers a full range of neurological diagnostic and therapeutic treatment options, including invasive and non-invasive monitoring, intra-cranial monitoring, intra-cranial pressure monitoring, and complex medication administration. New technology in use includes telemedicine capabilities for physician consultation, the ability to provide continuous electroencephalogram, or EEG, and state-of-the-art neurological monitoring systems to measure and record a patient’s brain activity.

Care now provided in the NSICU was previously provided as an integrated part of TriStar Centennial’s Medical Surgical ICU.

TriStar Centennial Medical Center has a team of neuroscience specialists offering multi-disciplinary diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of brain, spine, and nervous system disorders. TriStar Centennial is a Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of the TriStar Health System, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health System, call TriStar MedLine at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

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