On Friday, February 7, Bayhealth officially cut the ribbon opening the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) at Kent General.
“This has been two years in the making and is a dream to open to enhance the care of patients in central and southern Delaware,” said Bayhealth neurosurgeon James Mills, MD.
Indeed, Bayhealth’s neurosurgery program began just two years ago, with the addition of Dr. Mills and his specialized team, including coordinated care from experts in departments throughout the hospital. Before Bayhealth’s program was initiated, patients with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries or other complex neurological conditions had to seek medical treatment out of the community.
"Providing specialized care to our complex head and spine patients is critical to the success of our comprehensive program. Bayhealth's commitment to a dedicated Neuro ICU speak to the desire to move from a local community hospital to a regional medical center where neurosurgical patient care and outcomes are paramount for our healthcare system," said Bayhealth Vice President of Ancillary and Clinical Services Brad D. Kirkes, MBA, MHA, OTR/L, CHT, FACHE.
Comprised of seven private rooms, Bayhealth’s Neuro ICU is led by Dr. Mills and includes two physician assistants, Catherine Kotalik, PA-C and Volha Komar, PA-C; Neurosurgery Nurse Navigator Olivia Washinski, BSN, RN, FNE-A; Nurse Manager Susan Litchford, RN, BSN, CNML; Clinical Nurse Specialist Angeline Dewey, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN; 16 staff nurses with specialized training in the care of neurological patients; and a rehabilitation team that is dedicated and trained in care of the Neuro ICU patient.
“This unit is special because it focuses on the neurosurgical population,” said Susan Litchford. “It provides better continuity of care for patients who benefit from the expertise, competency and coordinated effort of our staff. We officially opened as a unit on January 21, and our patient rooms have been full ever since. Patients who stay here also build strong relationships with the members of our staff, which also contributes to their recovery.”
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Bayhealth’s Neuro ICU Unit was also blessed by Bayhealth Chaplain Blake Bowers.