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Monday, May 27, 2024

Novant opens $120 million neuroscience institute

The Novant Health Neuroscience Institute – New Hanover opened on Jan. 25 on the hospital’s 17th street campus. (Courtesy Novant Health).

WILMINGTON — The Cape Fear’s largest hospital facility is expanding once again with a new neurosciences institute.

Novant New Hanover Regional Medical Center debuted the center at the hospital’s 17th Street campus on Jan. 25. The 108-bed facility will allow patients in Wilmington and the surrounding area to receive the latest comprehensive stroke, brain, spine and neurological care.

The center will open fully on Feb. 1.

Costing more than $120 million, the Novant Health Neurosciences Institute – New Hanover offers more than 108,000 square feet of space, houses the hospital’s comprehensive stroke center, four dedicated neuro-operating rooms and two interventional suites that will allow for minimally invasive procedures, such as stereotactic radiosurgery to treat patients with brain tumors.

“Providing care close to home not only leads to better clinical outcomes, but also saves our patients and their families valuable time by avoiding unnecessary travel,” said the institute’s medical director, Dr. James McKinney.

Five years ago, the facility was first envisioned as an orthopedic hospital. Further evaluation of patient needs led Novant to include orthopedic surgical services in the future Scotts Hill Medical Center on the north side of New Hanover County and open the space to other uses.

The institute is staffed with neurohospitalists, neurointensivists, neurosurgeons and specialty trained nurses and support staff. The facility also offers inpatient units for critical care, stroke, surgery, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

“Having access to a team of specially trained physicians and expanded services can truly have a life-changing impact for patients facing a stroke, brain tumor, spine fracture, Alzheimer’s diagnosis or movement disorder,” NHRMC Chief Operating Officer Laurie Whalin said in a press release. “We are also proud to offer advanced technology and digital imaging tools to support patient care.”

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the region’s only hospital that offers 24/7 neurological care, an award-winning stroke center, neurosurgical operating suites and a level 3 epilepsy center, equipped to provide the highest level of medical treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.  

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