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Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Opens at Lehigh Valley Hospital−Cedar Crest

Lehigh Valley Health Network is expanding the scope of neurological care by opening an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit within the Neuroscience Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital−Cedar Crest.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is expanding the scope of neurological care by opening an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) within the Neuroscience Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Patients in the EMU are monitored continuously by a highly specialized team to uncover the specific needs of each individual patient.

“Seizures can be challenging to diagnose and treat, and that’s why we are excited to open the EMU,” said Steven Lewis, MD, Chief of the Division of Neurology. “We have assembled a team of neurologists who specialize in epilepsy care (epileptologists), as well as neurodiagnostic technicians who specialize in long-term monitoring of patients with epilepsy. Our remarkable team of epilepsy providers in the EMU, in combination with the functional neurosurgery program at LVHN, will continue to strengthen the level of care and management options we provide to patients with epilepsy in our community and beyond.”

In the EMU, patients stay in newly renovated, private rooms that feature a roll-out bed for patient visitors, providing a comfortable environment for the patient and their family. The four-bed unit is customized for seizure care. Each room is hardwired with Continuous Video EEG (cvEEG) and Continuous EEG (cEEG) monitoring technology. The data is fed to a nearby observation room, where EMU clinicians monitor patients around the clock. Continuous tracking of patients’ brain activity allows for more comprehensive evaluations, diagnosis, surgical evaluations and treatments for patients with seizures, including epilepsy surgeries.

The EMU provides comprehensive care with a skilled team of clinicians. All neurologists in the EMU are fellowship-trained in the neurologic subspecialty of epilepsy. Patients also receive care from the Neuroscience Center’s registered nurses and are monitored by neurodiagnostic technicians who are certified in long-term monitoring through the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET). Additionally, the EMU is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a level 3 facility.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 19 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs, and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet® hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.