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Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center opens neurosciences institute, expands access to advanced stroke, brain and spine care in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Today, Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its 108-bed Novant Health Neurosciences Institute - New Hanover. Conveniently located on the hospital’s 17th Street campus, the Novant Health Neurosciences Institute will allow patients in Wilmington and the surrounding area to receive the latest in comprehensive stroke, brain, spine and neurological care.

“We’re excited to expand access to a wide range of neurological care in our community,” said Laurie Whalin, chief operating officer, New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “Having access to a team of specially trained physicians and expanded services can truly have a life-changing impact for patients facing a stroke, brain tumor, spine fracture, Alzheimer’s diagnosis or movement disorder. We are also proud to offer advanced technology and digital imaging tools to support patient care.”

The facility, which has more than 108,000 square feet of space, houses the hospital’s comprehensive stroke center, four dedicated neuro operating rooms and two interventional suites that will allow for lifesaving and minimally invasive procedures such as stereotactic radiosurgery to treat patients with brain tumors.

The neurosciences institute is staffed by a dedicated team of neurohospitalists, neurointensivists, neurosurgeons and specialty trained nurses and support staff. The facility also offers dedicated inpatient units for critical care, stroke, surgery, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Patients and visitors will also appreciate the convenient first-floor entrance, modern design that is easy to navigate, bright and spacious waiting rooms, and artwork that reflects the region.

“Our team is well equipped to provide the latest in timely neurological assessment, advanced care and, if needed, surgical treatment for patients across our region,” said Dr. James McKinney, medical director of the Novant Health Neurosciences Institute in the Coastal region. “Providing care close to home not only leads to better clinical outcomes, but also saves our patients and their families valuable time by avoiding unnecessary travel.”

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the region’s only hospital that offers 24/7 neurological care, an award-winning stroke center, neurosurgical operating suites and a level 3 epilepsy center, equipped to provide the highest level of medical treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.  

New Hanover Regional Medical Center invested more than $120 million in the facility, including construction, equipment and technology. It was originally envisioned more than five years ago as an orthopedic hospital. Further evaluation of patient needs led to a decision to include orthopedic surgical services in the future Novant Health Scotts Hill Medical Center on the north side of New Hanover County.

The facility will fully open on Feb. 1, 2023.

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2023