|The Neurocritical Care Unit at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis provides highly specialized intensive care for patients from across the region with conditions of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles, including stroke, cerebral aneurysms, blood vessel malformations, multiple seizures and infections, such as meningitis or encephalitis.
Other patients receive care before and after neurosurgery including highly specialized procedures such as surgery for epilepsy, aneurysms, brain tumors or endovascular procedures (using catheters to access the brain through the arterial system).
Video EEG monitoring capabilities are available for evaluation of epilepsy surgery patients. Four negative-pressure ventilation rooms protect patients, clinical staff and the public from the spread of contagious or dangerous diseases.
When Via Christi's NCCU opened in 2002, its 20 beds represented approximately 10 percent of all such highly specialized beds in the nation.
Medical direction for the unit is provided by James Walker, MD, the only physician in Kansas board-certified in neurocritical care, critical care and anesthesiology. The unit is staffed by a team of specially trained neuroscience nurse practitioners and bedside nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, respiratory therapists and dietitians.