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Who we are:

6T3 The Neurological ICU is one of the largest in the country with 23 ICU beds and 12 step-down beds. Our large referral base ensures we are consistenly treating a full range of neurology and neurosurgical patients. Patients travel from all over the southeastern region of the United States to receive the specialized care that we provide. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, we provide top level care and unique services to give our patients the best chance at recovery.  Our specially trained Critical Care team is on site 24hours a day, 7 days a week, providing quick access to expert care. Using a multidisciplinary approach helps promote team learning, group dynamics, and excellent patient care. Our patient care focus includes: monitoring the neurological status of our patients; detecting cues of neurological decline; early intervention; quick return to optimal health; and maintenance of ideal neurological status.

Our Neurological ICU specializes in providing critical care to patients with: brain tumors; strokes; spinal cord injury; neuromuscular disorders; and many other diseases of the brain, peripheral nerves, and spinal cord.  The neurological patient population often has extreme deficits, which require the bedside staff to have excellent neurological assessment skills - thus, our team prides themselves on their teamwork and ever-evolving skill-sets.   Our excellence in patient care was recognized at a unit level in 2014, when we were awarded the AACN Beacon Award and the Professional Research Consultants, Inc Excellence in Healthcare award for Overall Quality of Care.

We welcome you to our intensive care unit and are honored to care for you or your loved one.

How to find us:

The Neuro ICU is located on the 6th floor of the Critical Care Tower.  Any of the representatives at the Guest Services Desks can help you with directions to your destination.

An ICU Map is provided here to guide you as you navigate our unit.

Many good tips for visiting the medical center are listed on Vanderbilt Health, or you can find more information pertinent to our specific ICU in the Neuro ICU Patient Portal.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines Gold Star Award
  • AACN's Beacon Award for Excellence
  • PRC Overall Quality of Care Award (multiple awards) - in the top-performer category (only ICU at Vanderbilt to win this award)

Care Team:

  • Bedside Nurse
  • Shift Leader (one on day shift, one on night shift - the shift leader does not have a patient assignment)
  • Help All (nurse that floats throughout the shift helping with procedures, admissions, etc)
  • Neuro ICU Nurse practitioners (staff the unit 24/7)
  • Neuro ICU Physicians (team of Attendings, Fellows, Residents and Interns - Attending and Fellow available 24/7)
  • Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ortho-Spine, and Neuro-otology Services