Skip to main content

A new era for neuroscience care

  • A $2 million gift from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Critical Care Campaign will support the expansion of the hospital’s neurological intensive care unit. The expanded unit will be named the Richard M. Schulze Neurological Intensive Care Center when it opens in late 2017.

    “The volume of patients needing treatment for neurological disorders – an area of care that has special significance for my family – is on the rise,” said Richard M. Schulze, founder and chairman of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and founder and chairman emeritus of Best Buy Co., Inc. “Abbott Northwestern has demonstrated its commitment to pioneering, high-quality care. Our Foundation is delighted to support the essential work of the Neurological Intensive Care Center and help broaden the impact it can have on the lives of patients and their families.”

    Abbott Northwestern receives more referrals of patients with neurological disorders and performs more brain and spine surgeries than any other hospital in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The current neurological intensive care unit has been operating near full capacity for several years. The expansion will allow a 30 percent increase in patient volume, and it will better prepare the hospital to accept increasing numbers of patients needing complex, critical neurological care.

    The Richard M. Schulze Neurological Intensive Care Center will accommodate technological changes and better meet patient and family needs, as well as daily neuro-intensivist physician rounding teams. Two new board-certified neuro-intensivists will join Abbott Northwestern’s intensivist group, and a physician assistant and research coordinator will be added.

    There will also be more capacity for stroke telehealth services, or TeleStroke, thanks to the Critical Care Campaign. Abbott Northwestern now has 13 TeleStroke sites across Minnesota, from which patients at regional hospitals are remotely evaluated 24/7 by the stroke neurology team experts at Abbott Northwestern.