|The new nurses station is pictured at the Epilepsy Unit at Carolinas Medical Center|
After years of planning and months of construction, the new epilepsy unit at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Medical Center is complete. The construction began in February and by mid-July, the team and patients were seamlessly transferred to the new unit, located on 9 E at CMC.
Wanda Day, RN, the lead nurse on the unit, says the renovations have helped the medical staff create a more comprehensive epilepsy program and the new space has enhanced their productivity and performance.
“The EEG (electroencephalography) techs and the nurses now share the same workspace, which is improving communication among them,” Day said. “We have also increased the amount of admissions that we are doing so that we are now offering more medical support and assistance for both the community and the physicians.”
The unit has grown from four beds to six – and there is also a new nursing station, break room, Ascom phones and live-monitoring capabilities. In addition, the existing patient rooms have been upgraded with new decor and improved bathrooms.
The epilepsy unit continues to provide comprehensive adult and pediatric epilepsy care. Many of the patients are eligible for some form of advanced epilepsy service and management; whereas, nearly half of the patients are potential candidates for surgical correction of their epilepsy after proper evaluation. The epilepsy specialists, under the direction of Bruce Mayes, MD, work independently and with other physicians to evaluate patients and provide advanced epilepsy services, both surgical and non-surgical. The expansion of the unit has allowed the team to effectively manage and treat new and existing patients with much success.
Learn more about how Carolinas HealthCare System provides comprehensive adult and pediatric epilepsy care