Sparrow Hospital Opens Brand New Neurological Center

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

"We've taken the very best of what we've seen nationally and brought it here," Sparrow Neurological Specialist Dr. David Kaufman said. 

Brain trauma can happen to any one, any time, whether it's a stroke, seizure, or something rare.

Now Sparrow Hospital in Lansing can handle all of those situations under one roof at its brand new Neurological Center.

Nancy McKeague knows first hand how important that is for patient care. She was running a 5K for charity 10 years ago at MSU, when she felt a pain in her head.

"I left the house that morning with my family and friends to run in this race, expecting to come back," McKeague said. "And instead I wound up here as a patient for 16 days."

McKeague suffered a brain hemorrhage and doesn't remember much of her stay at Sparrow, but her family and friends do.

"It was interesting to hear their stories about where they had to go to make a phone call, where they had to go to put something in the refrigerator," McKeague.

There won't be any more families having to wander the halls though. The new facility features 60 private rooms on two floors that can each fit 15 people comfortably.

"A lot of times these doctors have to deliver bad news, and it's best not do that in a hallway," McKeague said. "And now we've put together a facility where patients and their families have the privacy and dignity that they deserve."

Each room is filled with state-of-the-art equipment - including, a special light above the bed and wiring to handle epilepsy - so that doctors can perform some procedures without even having to move their patient to a different room.

"We've taken the very best of what we've seen nationally and brought it here," Sparrow Neurological Specialist Dr. David Kaufman said.

It's not just a better experience for patients, but also the staff, from Neuro-Oncology to Intensive Care.

"Everyone will be working together in one area," Dr. Kaufman said. "It's a chance for us to discuss cases and to have good continuity of care and also to inspire one another."

They've already inspired the community, with more than $2 million in donations for special rooms that make up the $23.2 million facility.

"I understand better than most people what it's like to have your life turned around on a dime, and so that's what drives me to contribute," McKeague said. "I want this care to be here for the next person that needs it."

The center takes up the top two floors of Sparrow Hospital. One floor of the facility opens next week for patients. The other floor that also has an education center and EEG monitoring room is scheduled to open in early September.

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