Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit opens at Palmetto Health Richland

Posted on 7/11/2017

Unit designed to provide critical care to patients with serious neurological conditions

Columbia, S.C.– Palmetto Health Richland is opening a 16-bed, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU). The NSICU will provide the highest level of care to patients who have had a complex neurosurgical procedure, complications from a stroke, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. It is the Midlands‘ only intensive care unit designed specifically for the care of neuroscience patients. The multidisciplinary unit will be staffed by neurointensivists, physicians trained to treat patients with life-threatening diseases of the nervous system involving the brain, spinal cord and nerves, and specially trained staff who will work closely with physicians to provide around the clock, specialized care to patients.

“The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit provides us with an important tool for the management of neurological illness in our community,” said Roham Moftakhar, M.D., chief of neurosurgery at Palmetto Health Richland and medical director of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Neurosurgery. “We understand the differences in treatment that is required for these kinds of patients, and we are glad to fill a gap in medical care that exists in our community. We have the facilities and expertise to ensure the patients receive the best care.”

“Research shows that patients cared for in this kind of unit benefit from better outcomes,” Souvik Sen, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurology for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, said. “Neuroscience Intensive Care Units have been associated with lower mortality and shorter hospital stays for patients who need this specialized care. It is a major development for the Midlands and will go a long way in the development of the Comprehensive Stroke Center that serves our community.”

A patient may be admitted to the NSICU for any neurological condition that requires critical care, such as:

  • Care following surgery to remove a brain tumor
  • Care following surgery to remove a blood clot causing a stroke
  • Seizures that last too long or are so frequent that the patient cannot recover between episodes
  • Ruptured aneurysm
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Inflammation of the brain
  • Autoimmune neuromuscular diseases

For more information about NSICU or Palmetto Health Neuroscience, visit or call 803-434-8323.

About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 15,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and nearly 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit or call 803-296-CARE (2273).


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