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202 S. Park Street
Madison, WI 53715
Telephone: (608) 417-6427
Location: Meriter Hospital - 8 Tower

Meriter Hospital's Neuroscience medical/surgical unit is a 17-bed specialty unit with telemetry capabilities. The patient population found on this unit generally consists of a variety of neuro-medical, neuro-surgical, general medical patients, and is the hospital’s designated Stroke Unit. Meriter Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission certification as a Primary Stroke Center and a Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Bronze Award for its excellence in stroke care. The Neuroscience medical/surgical unit is supported by a full leadership team with the Nurse Manager, Assistant Nurse Manager, and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Each year, millions of Americans are affected by disorders of the brain and nervous system, the severity of which can often be devastating. In Meriter Hospital's Neuroscience program, we utilize the most current medical and technological advances in order to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from neurological-related disorders. Our nurses, physicians and other staff are dedicated to each patient's physical, mental and spiritual health. This care, combined with advanced technology, support the patient's total well-being - an essential element of the recovery process.

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Stroke is an Emergency. Do you Know the Signs?

When stroke strikes, every minute counts. Knowing the signs and symptoms could save your life or the life of a loved one. 

ACT F.A.S.T. !

  • Face: Does one side of the face droop? Ask the person to smile.
  • Arms: Is one arm or leg weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Is the person having trouble walking?
  • Speech: Is speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated and correctly?
  • Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. To reduce post-stroke disability, clot-busting drugs must be given within three hours after symptoms appear.

Symptoms? Call 911!

Never second guess the signs and symptoms of stroke. Call 911 and have emergency personnel transport you to the hospital. They are experts in managing emergencies and have the knowledge and equipment needed to care for you while in route to the hospital. EMS also maintains two-way communication with the Emergency Department, so that care can be continued as soon as you arrive at the hospital.

Our Staff

Meriter's Neuroscience program is staffed by a veteran group of nurses, most of whom have specialized training in neurological and neurosurgical nursing. All nurses take an annual competency examination that tests their knowledge and application of the latest medications, equipment and American Association of Neurosciences Nursing Standards of Care. Meriter's Neuroscience nurses are dedicated to a holistic nursing approach and play an active role in educating patients and their families.

Our program's quality is further enhanced through our affiliation with an exceptional group of neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, primary care physicians and many other clinical specialists.

The UW Health Department of Neurosurgery is an experienced and skilled surgical group with access to the most current equipment available. The department is highly regarded for its general and specialty neurosurgical expertise. The department is the only neurosurgical service in the state to have an intraoperative computer guidance system.

If you have a neurological injury or concern, your primary care physician will work with you to direct you to the appropriate services at Meriter Hospital. Neuroscience can be reached at (608) 417-6427.