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New Neuroscience Pavilion Opens Its Doors

January 3, 2013

The new Edward and Anita Hogan Neuroscience Pavilion at Somerset Medical Center offers everything that stroke and neurological patients and their families need. And it’s all located in one convenient place.

Each of the pavilion’s 18 private rooms has an accessible private bath. There’s a comfy daybed if a family member stays the night. And if a patient needs physical therapy or speech therapy, these services are available right on the unit. “It’s more convenient and private for the patient,” says Julie DeVries, RN, MSN, director of clinical informatics and neuroscience services at Somerset Medical Center. “Patients don’t need to go through the main hallways on the way to rehab services anymore.”

Every room is also plugged into the GetWellNetwork. This is an interactive education and communication system using a TV screen and keyboard. Patients and families can use the system to view videos and read information geared to their needs. They can also watch movies, access the Internet or even request maintenance if there’s a problem with the room, such as a spill or burned-out light bulb. “We’re very excited to offer this state-of-the-art tool,” says DeVries. “It doesn’t take the place of a face-to-face explanation or the call button. But it certainly adds to them.”