State-of-the-Art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Opens at Good Samaritan Hospital

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Good Samaritan Hospital has announced that a new two-bed, specially-equipped Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, a diagnostic suite that will aid in evaluating patients with known or suspected seizure disorders, has opened at the hospital.

Good Samaritan Hospital has announced that a new two-bed, specially-equipped Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, a diagnostic suite that will aid in evaluating patients with known or suspected seizure disorders, has opened at the hospital.

This two-bed unit provides state-of-the-art detailed, continuous EEG and audio-video monitoring to accurately study and record seizures over an extended time. Information obtained in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is used to evaluate persistent seizures that do not respond to treatment, as well as to locate the area of the brain from which the seizures originate. Analyzing behavior and EEG seizure patterns can aid in determining the drug or surgical treatment most likely to be successful.

“We are very pleased to make this potentially life-saving technology available to the people of the Greater Rockland County area at Good Samaritan Hospital,” said Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator for Good Samaritan Hospital. “The first step in controlling seizure disorders is a complete and thorough diagnosis. This unit makes that possible.”

The unit is set up as an in-patient unit, so that a thorough evaluation can be conducted. Monitoring and recording of several seizures is necessary to determine where the seizures are originating in the brain. To record several seizures, it may be necessary to decrease the dosage of antiepileptic medications, which would not be safe to do as an outpatient. Therefore, patients are admitted to the in-patient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. The hospital stay varies for each patient, but usually ranges from 24 to 48-hours.

The diagnostic information obtained through this advanced monitoring is used by a multidisciplinary team to evaluate, diagnose, plan treatment and coordinate care for patients of all ages with seizures.

The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit was made possible as a result of funds raised by the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation through the Fall Golf and Tennis Classic.

“Once again, we see the tangible results of the Foundation’s commitment to the health of our community in the new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit,” noted Schnieders. “The Foundation’s hand can be seen in so many areas of the hospital, and the equipment that has been obtained as a result of the generosity of Foundation supporters touches the lives of a great number of people daily at Good Samaritan.”

Good Samaritan Hospital is a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., one of the nation’s leading Catholic healthcare systems. It is also part of the regional Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about Good Samaritan Hospital, or any of its programs, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000, or log on to http://www.goodsamhosp.org.

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