Think of the nervous system as the body’s electrical circuit. The brain, spinal cord and nerves are constantly sending messages throughout the body, controlling its interworking. When something goes wrong with one part of the nervous system, it can affect basic body functions such as moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing or learning. Neurological problems can also affect your memory, senses or mood.
Staffed by board-certified neurologists and experienced neuroscience nurses, the Neuroscience Center gives patients a specialized floor dedicated to their care. The Neuroscience Center is divided into three levels of care:
A neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU),
A neuroscience telemetry unit for patients who need cardiac monitoring,
A specialized acute unit for patients who require comprehensive neurologic therapy
By consolidating these services on one floor, AnMed Health provides an easy transition between various levels of care. As patients improve, they move seamlessly from NSICU to neuroscience telemetry to 7 South and stay under the care of nurses specially trained in neuroscience.
Neuroscience patients are some of the hospital’s most sensitive cases, and families often want to gather close to their loved one. With lockers, a kitchen and several separate seating areas, the Neuroscience Center waiting room is designed to accommodate several families at once. A child’s playroom provides age-appropriate activities for patients’ siblings and children, and a consultation room gives families privacy when they receive updates from the staff.
Tips for Visiting the Neuroscience Center
Visitors are good medicine, but for the safety of our patients, visitors to the Neuroscience Center should keep the following guidelines in mind:
Patients may have up to two visitors at one time.
Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., except during patient rest periods from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Visitors are not permitted during nursing shift change which occurs between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Doors will be locked during patient rest periods.
All visitors, but especially children, must wear shoes in the NSICU.
Recovery doesn’t stop when neurology patients leave the Neuroscience Center. Neurological disorders can dramatically affect the body, so it’s not unusual for patients to need ongoing rehabilitation after they go home. Learn more about the rehabilitation options available right here in Anderson.