Erlanger Health System is planning the purchase of an epilepsy monitoring unit, with the goal of establishing a Comprehensive Epilepsy Monitoring Unit within Erlanger.
“Our goal is to provide quality and comprehensive epilepsy care to local residents and serve as a major resource to the community for the diagnosis and treatment of seizures,” Dr. Keys told trustees, adding that, “Erlanger will be the only hospital in the city with this specialized monitoring equipment.”
According to Dr. Jan Keys, Erlanger currently provides approximately 15 percent of the existing volume in the region for inpatient and outpatient EEG services, with 85 percent of cases transferred outside the health system.
Officials said, "By acquiring this equipment, patients will no longer be transferred to other facilities in Nashville and Atlanta for epilepsy/seizure follow up."
Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel said epilepsy is one of the leading causes of stroke, and this monitoring system "is part of Erlanger’s continuing strategy to enhance our world-class neurosciences and stroke center."
Trustees authorized purchase of the equipment at a cost of $587,000.