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For Release: February 28, 2012

Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,

Akron General Opens New Neuro ICU; a first for Summit County

Akron General Health System has opened a new 10-bed Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Akron General Medical Center. The new ICU was dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week with officials from Akron General Health System, as well as from Senator Sherrod Brown’s office in attendance.

The new unit is the first dedicated Neuro ICU in Summit County and one of only five in the state of Ohio. It is designed specifically for patients who are recovering or suffering from strokes or other life-threatening neurological diseases and injuries, including brain cancers, traumatic brain injury, brain surgery, coma and those of the spine. Dr. James Gebel is the Medical Director.

Akron General converted 10 of its 69 critical care beds in developing the Neuro ICU. It is the latest step in a series of moves designed to create the area’s preeminent Neuroscience Institute. Under the leadership of Neuroscience Chair Dr. Georges Markarian, the Institute has recruited several leading physicians to its ranks over the past several months and has invested in the latest technology for the treatment of neurological disorders. It is expected that through the new Neuroscience Institute, many of the 600 Summit County residents who leave the county each year for neurological care, will now be able to receive their care close to home, in Akron.

Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of patients and the community. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Development Foundation. Akron General has earned the prestigious National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award for 14 years. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit About Us.

Date Updated: 29-FEB-2012

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