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Neurocritical Care Fellowship Earns Accreditation

By Cindy Starr
Published October 2008

The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties has accredited the neurocritical care fellowship program at the Neuroscience Institute at UC and University Hospital.

The neurocritical care accreditation, achieved by only nine institutions nationally, heightens the stature of UC’s program, which provides advanced training in the focused, specialized care of patients who have sustained a severe neurological injury.

“We are proud to be among the first tier of groups accredited,” says Lori Shutter,MD, associate professor of neurosurgery and neurology and director of neurocritical care.

“But the real winners in this development are the residents of Greater Cincinnati. They can rest assured that, should they need the most advanced care for a brain or spinal condition, that care is right here in their own community.”

A neurocritical care program is one that has dedicated physicians—called neurointensivists—who specialize in the care of the neurologic patient and are available tomanage the patient in a specialized intensive care unit. University Hospital’s 20-bed neuroscience intensive care unit is staffed 24 hours a day by highly trained nurses.

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