Lenox Hill Hospital Opens State-of-the-Art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Souhel Najjar, MD reads a patient's video EEG.

New York, NY – Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, recently opened a state-of-the-art epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) so that doctors can better observe brain activity and pinpoint areas of the brain causing seizures.

 The four-bed, in-patient unit is staffed 24/7 by dedicated faculty including, epilepsy trained doctors and nurses, a neuropsychologist and certified video-electroencephalogram (EEG) technologists. The EMU enables staff at Lenox Hill’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center to continue to offer the most advanced and safest treatments for epilepsy, including hard-to-treat cases.

 “Our EMU is equipped with the latest technology to detect and pinpoint seizures,” said Souhel Najjar, MD, Northwell Health’s senior vice president and executive director, neurology service line. “In an EMU setting, we are able to offer our patients a safe and comfortable environment where they can be closely monitored as we look for changes in brain activity, enabling us to determine seizure producing areas.  Once we have that information, our team puts together a customized treatment plan.”

Treatment can include alternate medications, deep brain stimulation or surgery to remove areas of the brain causing seizures.  The EMU can also help to identify patients who have been misdiagnosed with epilepsy, helping them get the care that they ultimately need.

To learn more about Lenox Hill’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, click here or to schedule an appointment, call 212/434-6400.
 

About Northwell Health
Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.

About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. For more information, go to www.lenoxhillhospital.org.

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