Neurointensive Care

In 2007, Emory University Hospital opened its 20+ bed Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, allowing for centralization of the most critical medical services for patients suffering from severe neurological trauma. Emory's new unit is one of the largest in the country, and one of only a few of its kind in the Southeast. The new ICU provides an unparalleled level of comfort and convenience, and most importantly, the integration of family members who wish to remain near their loved ones. The Neurosciences Critical Care Unit at Emory University Hospital was selected as the recipient of the 2008 ICU Design Citation Award.

Features of our Neurointensive Care Unit:

  • We have a team of stroke specialists in the neurointensive care unit. This includes neurointensivists who specialize in emergency care for stroke, interventional neuroradiologists who specialize in stroke diagnosis and less-invasive treatments, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and pharmacists and nurses trained specifically in stroke care.
  • The team works closely together from the time a patient enters the center. Care is coordinated so that each physician evaluates the patient in the area that he or she specializes in, and then they decide together on which treatment is best. This means fast, efficient, and accurate treatment, which, in turn, leads to better chances for successful outcomes.
  • Our stroke team is on site 24/7. Because strokes happen anytime and anywhere, we're available at all times to provide the treatment patients need.
  • We are equipped with the most advanced technology available. Few other centers have the cutting-edge devices and procedures that help our physicians treat stroke better and faster.
  • Emory Flight provides air transport to the hospital. Because the faster a stroke victim is treated the better, stroke victims need specialized care as soon as possible. Emory flight and its professional flight crews are able to save lives by getting people to the hospital sooner. This air medical transportation service can fly people in need from almost anywhere in the Southeast. The three helicopters we use are equipped with advanced life support systems. Learn more about our flight services.

Read more about Emory's neuro ICU.

Owen Samuels, MD

"The benefit of neurocritical care for patients who are admitted to EUH with stroke has been truly remarkable. Patients are spending less time in the ICU, having fewer complications and are more likely to be discharged home from the hospital rather than going to a nursing home."

Owen Samuels, MD

Neurosurgery Physician Team:

Owen Samuels, MD
Associate Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology
Director, Division of Neurointensive Care
Director, Neuroscience Critical Care and Stroke Units

Wendy Wright, MD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology

Transformations in Hospital Nursing

Momentum magazine


While having families in the neuro ICU improves patient outcomes, it presents additional challenges for delivering care for nurses like John Scala, who has worked in neurocritical care for seven years. Read more.